(* 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 Koichiro Gemba

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 4:52 p.m.
Place: MOFA Press Conference Room

Main topics:

  1. Opening Remarks
    • (1) Disclosure of Diplomatic Records
  2. Q&A: (To be posted shortly)

1. Opening Remarks

(1) Disclosure of Diplomatic Records

Minister Gemba: I received a question from former Foreign Minister Okada at the Committee on Budget of the House of Representatives at the end of September. He pointed out a delay in disclosing diplomatic records, and I replied that I had given instructions to MOFA officials to accelerate the work. As I mentioned at that time, I strongly instructed them to accelerate it. Consequently, 1,565 files of diplomatic records have been transferred to the Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Museum of Foreign Affairs and have been made available to the public  from October to last week.,.
 Furthermore, we are going to release 126 files of diplomatic records including those on the negotiations for the reversion of Okinawa to Japan and the negotiations for the normalization of diplomatic ties between Japan and China, in which the people seem to have a high interest, at the Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on December 22, next week. Originally, then Foreign Minister Okada said that he wanted to make 22,000 files available to the public in three to four years, which meant that the files were supposed be released at a pace of 6,000 files annually. We would like to manage to keep this annual pace, actively release diplomatic records that are people's intellectual property, and make every effort to gainunderstanding and trust from the public to our diplomatic activities.

 

2. Q&A: (To be posted shortly)

- (To be posted shortly.)


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