Press Conference 19 October 2004

  1. Dispatch of former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda to the Republic of Indonesia
  2. Questions concerning possible disturbance in the Union of Myanmar

  1. Dispatch of former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda to the Republic of Indonesia

    Press Secretary Hatsuhisa Takashima: Good afternoon and thank you very much for coming to the briefing. Today, I would like to make one announcement before I take questions.

    The Government of Japan today dispatched former Chief Cabinet Secretary and President of Japan-Indonesia Association Yasuo Fukuda to Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia to represent Japan at the inauguration ceremony of the new Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

    Special Envoy Fukuda will convey a message of sincere congratulation to the new president and express the Government of Japan's willingness to maintain and further strengthen the traditional, friendly and cooperative relations between our two countries and to extend our assistance to the effort of democratization and economic reform executed by the new Indonesian Government.

    Related Information (Japan-Indonesia Relations)
  2. Questions concerning possible disturbance in the Union of Myanmar

    Q: We have many reports in the last couple of hours that there might have been infighting or a big political movement involving the Union of Myanmar's junta. Could you tell me if the Japanese Government obtained any information about that?

    Mr. Takashima: We are aware of the report suggesting that there was some sort of political disturbance in Myanmar, but those information are all unconfirmed. We are checking and trying to establish the facts. So far, there has been no official announcement from the Myanmar Government and also no word from our Embassy yet.

    The information suggests that the situation in Myanmar is still calm and stable, and there is no social unrest. We hope that that would be the case.

    Q: Could you tell us whether the Government obtained information about whether the disturbance was a real coup d'état or something really serious?

    Mr. Takashima: Some information suggested that there was some sort of coup d'état or such, but those are unconfirmed. We do not have any concrete information on that. We are still trying to find out what exactly happened in Myanmar.

    Q: Is there any information about military tensions involving the Myanmar surrounding countries up to this point?

    Mr. Takashima: So far the information is still unconfirmed. There is no social disturbance, and we hope that that would be the case.

    Related Information (Japan-Myanmar Relations)

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