(* 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 Hirofumi Nakasone

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 8:38 a.m.
Place: Entrance hall, 3F Prime Minister's Office

Main topics:

  1. Opening Statement
    • Dispatch of Ambassador on Special Mission to Attend the Inauguration Ceremony of the President of the Republic of Palau
  2. Japan-ROK Summit Meeting

1. Opening Statement

Dispatch of Ambassador on Special Mission to Attend the Inauguration Ceremony of the President of the Republic of Palau

Minister:
At the cabinet meeting, a decision was made to dispatch former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori as Ambassador on Special Mission to the inauguration ceremony of the president of the Republic of Palau.

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2. Japan-ROK Summit Meeting

Question:
This weekend a Japan-ROK summit meeting was held. What is your opinion on the establishment of the summit shuttle diplomacy?

Minister:
In December we held the Japan-China-ROK summit meeting. I think that this was meaningful in that it was held independently from other meetings unlike in the past. Now that the Japan-ROK summit shuttle diplomacy has started, I believe that the relationship between the two countries will become even closer and it is very good that the heads of the states discuss various issues.

Question:
At this Japan-ROK summit meeting, the Takeshima issue was not touched on at all. Was this due to consideration taken by both sides?

Minister:
Since I did not go to the ROK, I do not know the exact circumstances. The two leaders have met five times so far, however, this being the first summit meeting as part of the summit shuttle diplomacy, there were many issues to discuss and I have heard that the Takeshima issue was not among the agenda that came up.

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