Press Conference 28 September 2001

  1. Introduction
  2. Question on countermeasures against terrorism
  3. Question concerning the situation in the Republic of Indonesia

  1. Introduction

    Assistant Press Secretary Daisuke Matsunaga: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. At the outset, I have copies available of the policy speech by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, which the Prime Minister delivered to the Diet yesterday.

    I have no particular announcements to make today, so I would be delighted to answer any questions that you might have.

    Related Information (Policy Speech by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to the 153rd Session of the Diet)
  2. Question on countermeasures against terrorism

    Q: On these terrorism countermeasures, I understand that Japan is fervently preparing support for terrorism countermeasures. Is the Japanese Government holding discussions with other Asian countries on cooperation against terrorist activities?

    Mr. Matsunaga: We are in close contact with our neighboring countries and we are informing them of our announcements, in addition to providing them with detailed explanation of the policies and measures announced. As to whether or not we are going to act in concert, we are not at a stage where we would like to discuss that here in detail. However, we are certainly keeping one another informed of respective positions and measures that we are considering.

    Related Information (Japan's Measures in Response to the Terrorist Attacks in the United States)
  3. Question concerning the situation in the Republic of Indonesia

    Q: The Indonesian President is now in Japan and she declared that she is willing to support US policy together with other free countries. In the meantime, in Indonesia there are big demonstrations by Islamic groups going on. It looks like a contradiction. What do you think about that?

    Mr. Matsunaga: Prime Minister Koizumi, as well as President George W. Bush of the United States of America, made it clear that a clear distinction has to be made between terrorism and the Islamic religion and our fight is not against Muslim people--our fight is against international terrorism. Therefore, I am led to believe that President Megawati Sukarnoputri of the Republic of Indonesia is also of the same position: That is, that she is opposed to terrorism.

    Related Information (Visit to Japan by Her Excellency Ms. Megawati Sukarnoputri, President of the Republic of Indonesia)

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