(* 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: Friday, April 4, 2008, 9:12 a.m.
Place: Front Entrance Hall, Prime Minister's Office
- G8 Development Ministers' Meeting
- Murder Case in Yokosuka
- Relations between North and South Korea
The G8 Development Ministers' Meeting will be held tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. This will be the very first G8 meeting among all of the G8 Ministers' Meetings held this year and I will serve as the chair. In attendance will be the ministers of each of the G8 nations, the European Commission, as well as the so-called emerging economies or major nations of Asia participating as part of the outreach program, as well as United Nations organizations involved in development. Among the agenda items will include assistance cooperation between the G8 and the so-called emerging economies, assistance cooperation with the private sector and cooperation for global warming countermeasures. I hope that the results of this ministerial meeting are carried forward toward the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.
Have you received any specific instructions from Prime Minister Fukuda regarding this conference?
No, I have not.
In the incident involving the service member in Yokosuka, questions are being raised regarding the measures taken vis-à-vis the deserter. What are your views on this?
Until now, these were contacts with the police, but it is not always true. Going forward, I would like to create some structure to coordinate all communication related to the deserter. Consideration of this matter has already been undertaken within the Japan-US Joint Committee. It is still unclear exactly what framework can be crafted but I think it would be best if a decision on this is made without spending a lot of time.
What was the content discussed yesterday at the Japan-US Joint Committee?
Yesterday, we held the committee twice; one in the morning and then in the afternoon on paper, We held the afternoon session at the time that I had a meeting , with US Ambassador Thomas Schieffer, but right now I am not fully aware of what was discussed during the morning session as I have not yet received a report. Of course I expect that that matter was part of the agenda discussed.
North Korea appears to be strengthening its opposition stance to the new administration in the Republic of Korea. What is your view of this?
I do not think it would be appropriate for the Government of Japan to comment on each and every development that occurs in North-South Korea relations. At any rate, I hope that both sides will calmly move ahead in a good direction.
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