Press Conference 22 October 2004

  1. Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations on the ballistic missile testing by the Islamic Republic of Iran
  2. Upcoming fourth Japan-People's Republic of China-Republic of Korea economic meeting
  3. Upcoming visit to Japan by Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany of the Republic of Hungary
  4. Upcoming eighth Japan-Central America Forum on Dialogue and Cooperation
  5. Debt relief for yen loan to Republic of Niger
  6. Question concerning upcoming visit to Japan by Secretary of State Colin Powell of the United States of America

  1. Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations on the ballistic missile testing by the Islamic Republic of Iran

    Assistant Press Secretary Akira Chiba: Good afternoon and thank you very much for coming to the briefing. I would like today to make one announcement, followed by four pieces of information, after which I will be happy to take questions.

    The announcement I would like to make is the statement by the Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning the ballistic missile testing by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    On 20 October, Iran admitted that it conducted a ballistic missile test. Japan expresses its deep concern as this missile test could have a significant influence on not only regional stability but the security of the international community.

    Japan intends to keep pressing Iran to exercise self-restraint over ballistic missile testing.

    Related Information (Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Ballistic Missile Testing by Iran)
  2. Upcoming fourth Japan-People's Republic of China-Republic of Korea economic meeting

    Mr. Chiba: As for the four pieces of information, the first one concerns diplomacy with Asia.

    The fourth Japan-People's Republic of China-Republic of Korea economic meeting at the director-general level will be held on 25 October in Tokyo. This will be attended by Director-General of the Economic Affairs Bureau Kenichiro Sasae from the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Deputy Director-General for APEC and ASEM Affairs of the Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs Zhang Shaogang from the Ministry of Commerce of China and Director-General of the Multilateral Trade Bureau Lim Young Rok from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea.

    At the meeting, measures will be studied concerning strengthening of economic cooperation among the three countries based on the Joint Declaration of the leaders of the three countries launched last October. Multilateral economic issues such as the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and World Trade Organization (WTO) will also be covered at this meeting.

    Related Information (Japan-China Relations)
    Related Information (Japan-Republic of Korea Relations)
  3. Upcoming visit to Japan by Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany of the Republic of Hungary

    Mr. Chiba: The second is about diplomacy with Europe.

    Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany of the Republic of Hungary will visit Japan from 25 to 27 October, upon invitation of the Government of Japan. During his visit, he will have an audience with Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, as well as a meeting with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, and will exchange views with the Japanese side concerning bilateral and international matters. This will be the first visit by a leader of the enlarged European Union (EU) from the expanded wing, and is expected to strengthen not only bilateral ties but also ties between Japan and the enlarged EU.

    Related Information (Japan-Hungary Relations)
  4. Upcoming eighth Japan-Central America Forum on Dialogue and Cooperation

    Mr. Chiba: The third concerns diplomacy with Central America.

    The eighth Japan-Central America Forum on Dialogue and Cooperation will be held on 26 October at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This will be attended by Director-General of the Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau Mitsuo Sakaba from the Japanese side and vice foreign ministers of the member countries of the System for Integration of Central America, namely Belize, the Republic of Guatemala, Republic of El Salvador, Republic of Honduras, Republic of Nicaragua, Republic of Costa Rica and Republic of Panama as well as its Secretary General. The forum will exchange views on issues concerning politics, economy, economic cooperation and cooperation in the international arena, with a particular focus on the Year of Japan-Central American Exchange to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Central America coming up in 2005. A discussion on a Japan-Central America summit is also scheduled.

    Related Information (Japan-Latin America and the Caribbean Relations)
  5. Debt relief for yen loan to Republic of Niger

    Mr. Chiba: The last piece of information concerns our diplomacy with Africa.

    Japan agreed to debt relief concerning the entire yen loan to the Republic of Niger and notes were exchanged between Ambassador Hiramatsu and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Aichatou Mindaoudou yesterday at Niame. The relief amounts to 2.5 billion yen.

    Related Information (Japan-Niger Relations)
  6. Question concerning upcoming visit to Japan by Secretary of State Colin Powell of the United States of America

    Q: Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobutaka Machimura is going to meet Secretary of State Colin Powell of the United States of America. Could you tell us what they will discuss in their meeting?

    Mr. Chiba: As a matter of fact, I might answer your question by way of introducing to you what US Ambassador Howard Baker had to exchange with Foreign Minister Machimura yesterday.

    Foreign Minister Machimura and Ambassador Baker met for half an hour from 15:40 yesterday, and the objective of this meeting was precisely to hear Foreign Minister Machimura's views on the upcoming visit of Secretary of State Powell. The other objective of course was to congratulate him on his assumption to his new post.

    Foreign Minister Machimura congratulated the successful operation of Ambassador Baker and stated that he wishes to exchange views with his American counterpart on matters of mutual interest, such as bilateral relations, Iraq, the Korean Peninsula and so forth. On bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) both sides shared the view that they should join their efforts for an early resolution.

    Related Information (Japan-The United States Relations)


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