(* This is a provisional translation by an external company for reference purpose only. The original text is in Japanese.)

Press Conference by Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahiko Koumura

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 9:45 a.m.
Place: In front of the Ministers' Room in the House

Main topics:

  1. Japan-EU Summit Meeting
  2. Situation in Tibet
  3. Expiration of the Provisional Tax Rate of the Gasoline Tax
  4. Informal Cabinet Meeting

1. Japan-EU Summit Meeting

Minister:
On 23 April 2008, the Japan-EU Summit Meeting will be held. Naturally, Prime Minister Fukuda will attend from our side and from the EU side, Mr. Janez Jansa, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, which currently holds the EU presidency, as well as Mr. Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, President of the European Commission will attend. The agenda will consist of topics such as development and Africa, the environment and global warming, as well as matters related to the global economy. Furthermore, Japan intends to confirm the EU's cooperation for the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) and the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.

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2. Situation in Tibet

Question:
It appears that the Dalai Lama who is in a state of political asylum in India will stop over at Narita airport for transit reasons. It seems that if he has an opportunity he would like to make a statement after entering Japan. What response does the Government of Japan intend to take to this?

Minister:
The Government of Japan does not have any particular response to this. In fact, the 14th Dalai Lama has entered Japan many times and the Government of Japan has acted appropriately each time. This time as well, it will do so.

Related Information (Japan-China Relations)

3. Expiration of the Provisional Tax Rate of the Gasoline Tax

(See Japanese version.)

4. Informal Cabinet Meeting

(See Japanese version.)


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