Press Conference 4 September 2001

  1. Visit to Japan by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Republic of the Philippines
  2. Comment regarding a recent bomb explosion in the People's Republic of China
  3. Question regarding President Macapagal-Arroyo's visit to Japan
  4. Question regarding a visit by Minister for Foreign Affairs Makiko Tanaka to the United States of America
  5. Question regarding the itinerary of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's trip to Southeast Asia
  6. Question regarding the summit meeting between China and North Korea

  1. Visit to Japan by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Republic of the Philippines

    Press Secretary Norio Hattori: Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. After a long vacation it is nice to welcome you back. Particularly, I notice two Malaysian friends from Kuala Lumpur. Welcome to you both. I have two announcements to make today.

    I wish to announce the official visit of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Republic of the Philippines to Japan. President Macapagal-Arroyo will visit with her spouse, Mr. Jose Miguel Arroyo, from 12-15 September.

    During her stay in Japan, President Macapagal-Arroyo and Mr. Arroyo will make a state call on Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan. President Macapagal-Arroyo's schedule will also include a summit meeting with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, in addition to attendance at the 23rd Joint Conference of the Japan-Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee--hosted by the private sector--and at the Global Business Dialogue on Electronic Commerce.

    The forthcoming visit will be President Macapagal-Arroyo's first visit to Japan since she assumed the presidency in January this year. Through the summit meeting and other events, her visit is expected to contribute to further strengthening the friendly relations between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines.

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  2. Comment regarding a recent bomb explosion in the People's Republic of China

    Mr. Hattori: I would like to make some points about a recent bomb explosion in the People's Republic of China. This incident was reported by the Chinese Xinhua Agency on 30 August. According to this report, on 28 August there was a bomb explosion in Harbin, China, that may have involved one of the chemical weapons abandoned by the Japanese Army.

    Yesterday, our Embassy in Beijing received an official notification from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs stating that this was not the case. There was an explosion in Harbin on 28 August, but this was not due to abandoned chemical weapons.

    I think that this is very important, and thus I want to make it clear that there was official notification from the Chinese government to the Embassy of Japan in Beijing to this effect.

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  3. Question regarding President Macapagal-Arroyo's visit to Japan

    Q: In this, your first announcement of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's visit to Japan, in the second paragraph you say they are going to discuss global business dialogue on electronic commerce. What does this mean--electronic commerce? Can you tell us?

    Mr. Hattori: Electronic commerce is commerce using email and other such information technology.

    Q: I would like more details about this later.

    Mr. Hattori: I will do that.

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  4. Question regarding a visit by Minister for Foreign Affairs Makiko Tanaka to the United States of America

    Q: Do you have the detailed itinerary of Foreign Minister Tanaka's trip to San Francisco and Honolulu?

    Mr. Hattori: My staff tells me that it is not officially announced yet, but Foreign Minister Tanaka may be leaving on 7 September, and she may go to Honolulu on her way back from San Francisco. The details will be announced in due course.

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  5. Question regarding the itinerary of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's trip to Southeast Asia

    Q: I understand the Prime Minister will be visiting Southeast Asia, has it been confirmed yet?

    Mr. Hattori: Prime Minister Koizumi's trip to Southeast Asia has not yet been publicly announced, but we are working closely with the respective governments of the countries that Prime Minister Koizumi is going to visit. Those countries may include your country, Malaysia.

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  6. Question regarding the summit meeting between China and North Korea

    Q: I wonder about the summit meeting between North Korean and Chinese leaders in Pyongyang, I wonder if you have any of the latest information?

    Mr. Hattori: We have been receiving information bit by bit about the China-North Korea summit meeting. Since the visit by Chinese President Jiang Zemin is not yet finished, it is not an appropriate time for me to make any comments about the outcome of the summit meeting. According to a press report this morning in the Japanese press, Chinese President Jiang Zemin has encouraged General Secretary Kim Jong Il to expedite negotiations toward normalization with several key countries, including Japan. That should be welcome.

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