Press Conference by the Press Secretary 27 November, 1998

  1. Summit Meeting between Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and President Jiang Zemin of the People's Republic of China
  2. Holding of seminar on policy-based financing in the Russian Federation
  3. Comparison of the Japanese-language text and the Chinese-language text of the Joint Declaration
  4. Relationship between the question of history and the Joint Declaration
  5. Response of President Jiang Zemin of the People's Republic of China to the Joint Declaration

  1. Summit Meeting between Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and President Jiang Zemin of the People's Republic of China

    Deputy Press Secretary Masaki Okada: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. As you know, President Jiang Zemin of the People's Republic of China is now in Japan for his State visit. Yesterday the Joint Declaration and also the joint press statement was announced. In the Joint Communique it put forward the framework of our understanding concerning the international situation and the Asian regional situation and our bilateral relationship. In the joint press statement, there are described a number of items which we are going to cooperate on to tackle towards the 21st century. This visit by President Jiang produced real fruit which we had expected. That means this visit will create the basis or framework for our long term and stable relationship. Yesterday evening there was a press conference by Press Secretary / Director-General for Press and Public Relations Sadaaki Numata. You had enough briefing on these points.

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  2. Holding of seminar on policy-based financing in the Russian Federation

    Deputy Press Secretary Masaki Okada: I would like to announce one other thing that is concerning the seminar on policy-based financing in the Russian Federation. As you know, quite recently, Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi went to Russia and we adopted a Joint Communique there. We also explained there our readiness to cooperate along the line of a Partnership for Reform and this seminar on policy-based financing in Russia will be held in Moscow on 30 November and 1 December. This seminar will be implemented as a part of the promotion of the Partnership for Reform announced at the recent Summit Meeting. The Government of Japan will dispatch three specialists from the Japan Development Bank, with the aim of transferring its experience to Russia. The seminar is intended for those connected with the Government of Russia, the central bank and others. Deputy Director-General Shunichiro Ushijima of the Economic Planning Bureau of the Economic Planning Agency, who was dispatched as an economic consultant to the Ministry of Economy of Russia for one year from May last year, will accompany the group. Deputy Director-General Ushijima's final action on completing his mission was to submit to the then-Economic Minister Yakov Urinson policy recommendations pointing out the usefulness of policy-based financing.

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  3. Comparison of the Japanese-language text and the Chinese-language text of the Joint Declaration

    Q: We noticed that there is some difference between the Chinese version and the Japanese version of the Joint Declaration. In terms of history, in Chinese it says "in the past." However, in the Japanese version it mentioned "in a certain period...Japanese invaded China." Is there any difference between these two? Can you explain?

    Mr. Okada: Yesterday evening both Japanese and Chinese diplomats sat together and really paid attention to all the documents. They undertook proof reading and I understand there is no difference between the Japanese and Chinese text. The Japanese text says "a certain period in the past." I have not checked the Chinese text, but it must also be the same phrasing in the Chinese text.

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  4. Relationship between the question of history and the Joint Declaration

    Q: In the opinion of the Government of Japan, has the history issue between China and Japan been settled by the issuing of this Joint Declaration?

    Mr. Okada: We think we should squarely see the past as a basis for our cooperation and we also look to the future. In that context, we have been stating our position on numerous occasions. One of the prominent occasions was the statement made by former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama in 1995. This is a very important visit by President Jiang, the first visit by the Chinese Head of State to Japan and on the verge of the millennium. Therefore, we found it appropriate once again to look into the history and on the basis of a very correct understanding of history, we should also work together in the future.

    Q: So you think the issue has been settled?

    Mr. Okada: We have to squarely see the past. That is what we have to do in order to have correct relations with the Chinese people.

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  5. Response of President Jiang Zemin of the People's Republic of China to the Joint Declaratio

    Q: Jiang Zemin is not very satisfied with the contents of the Joint Declaration. What do the Japanese think about this?

    Mr. Okada: You say President Jiang is not satisfied with the Joint Declaration? I have never heard that. Further, I have reports from my colleagues who joined the meetings, that President Jiang listened carefully to the explanations by Prime Minister Obuchi and he also expressed his understanding and appreciation. That is my understanding. In that context, both leaders agreed on the Joint Declaration. Therefore, we decided on that.

    Q: Then why is there no signing ceremony?

    Mr. Okada: Once again, there is some sort of speculation among the journalists, I think. Both the Japanese and Chinese side did not intend to sign this document from the outset. Nobody doubted whether it was necessary.

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