Weekly Media FAQ
January 11, 2008
Q: What was the aim of Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura's visit to Tanzania from January 4th to January 6th and what did he accomplish through his visit?
A: Foreign Minister Koumura explained the reasons for visiting Tanzania in his policy speech, which he delivered to an audience of more than 250 participants, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 4th.
The Foreign Minister was able to meet not only his counterpart, Foreign Minister Bernard Kamillius Membe, but also President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. In these meetings, Foreign Minister Koumura discussed the situation in Kenya, the bilateral relations between Japan and Tanzania, African development, UN reform, the North Korea nuclear issue, and the issue of abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea, with the Tanzanian side extending strong support for Japan.
During his meeting with President Kikwete, Foreign Minister Koumura extended to him an invitation to TICAD IV (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) to be held in Yokohama, Japan in May. In return, President Kikwete not only confirmed his intention to participate in the Conference but also promised to encourage other African leaders to participate.
Foreign Minister Koumura also visited a hospital, a fish market, and a road construction site to observe projects made possible through Japan's economic assistance and met with local people to exchange views.
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