Internet Press Chat Conference 14 July 2005

  1. The Fifth Meeting of the Headquarters for Strengthening the United Nations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
  2. Visit to Japan by President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine
  3. Visit by former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto to the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  4. Visit by Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Katsuyuki Kawai to the Republic of Djibouti and the United Republic of Tanzania
  5. The Sixth Japan-Mongolia Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Policy Dialogue
  6. First Japan-India Joint Study Group Meeting
  7. Training Course on Prevention and Crisis Management of Biological Terrorism
  8. Question concerning resolution of the African Union
  9. Question concerning former Prime Minister Hashimoto's visit to the UAE
  10. Question concerning comments of Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Nariaki Nakayama

  1. The Fifth Meeting of the Headquarters for Strengthening the United Nations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

    Press Secretary Hatsuhisa Takashima: Good afternoon. I would like to announce the opening of the First Regular Internet Press Chat Conference. First of all, I would like to make several announcements before I take questions.

    On 13 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the Fifth Meeting of the Headquarters for Strengthening the United Nations at the MOFA in Tokyo, to discuss the process towards adopting the G4 draft framework resolution on Security Council reform.

    The meeting was attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobutaka Machimura as Chief of the Headquarters and senior officials of the bureaus concerned in the Ministry.

    Foreign Minister Machimura expressed his determination to make utmost efforts in order to obtain the approval of more than two thirds of the member states for the G4 draft resolution on around 20 July.

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  2. Visit to Japan by President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine

    Mr. Takashima: President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine and his spouse will visit Japan from 20 to 23 July at the invitation of the Government of Japan.

    During his stay, President Yushchenko will be received in audience by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and have talks with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Also, President Yushchenko and his spouse will visit the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan and Hiroshima.

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  3. Visit by former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto to the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

    Mr. Takashima: Mr. Ryutaro Hashimoto, former Prime Minister, is visiting the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 14 to 20 July.

    In Egypt, Mr. Hashimoto is inspecting the fourth training session (1 to 27 July) of Japan Egypt Joint Medical Technical Cooperation for Iraq, whose opening ceremony Mr. Hashimoto attended in March 2004, and also plans to meet with trainees and the Egyptian government officials concerned.

    In the UAE, Mr. Hashimoto will, as a special envoy of the Prime Minister, exchange views with leaders of the UAE on bilateral relations. In the UAE, Mr. Takayoshi Taniguchi, Member of the House of Representatives and Secretary General of the Japan UAE Parliamentary Friendship League, will accompany Mr. Hashimoto.

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  4. Visit by Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Katsuyuki Kawai to the Republic of Djibouti and the United Republic of Tanzania

    Mr. Takashima: Mr. Katsuyuki Kawai, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, is visiting the Republic of Djibouti and the United Republic of Tanzania from 13 to 20 July.

    During his visit, Parliamentary Secretary Kawai is expected to exchange views with the government officials of both countries on such items as the strengthening of bilateral relations including economic cooperation and the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) process, as well as request for their cooperation on United Nations (UN) Security Council reform.

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  5. The Sixth Japan-Mongolia Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Policy Dialogue

    Mr. Takashima: The Sixth Japan-Mongolia Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Policy Dialogue is being held today, 14 July, in Ulan Bator.

    Mr. Hitoshi Tanaka, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Avirmed Battur, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, are participating in the Dialogue.

    At this Dialogue, the two ministers are expected to exchange views on Japan-Mongolia relations as a whole, the international situation, among other matters.

    Related Information (Japan-Mongolia Relations)

  6. First Japan-India Joint Study Group Meeting

    Mr. Takashima: The First Japan-India Joint Study Group Meeting will be held in New Delhi on 18 and 19 July.

    The Meeting will be attended on the Japanese side by: Mr. Mitoji Yabunaka, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, and those concerned from industrial, governmental and academic sectors; and on the Indian side by: Mr. Ashok Kumar Jha, Secretary (Economic Affairs), Ministry of Finance, and those concerned from industrial, governmental and academic sectors.

    At the Meeting, comprehensive talks will be held on the strengthening of economic relations between Japan and India, and a report will be submitted to the prime ministers of both countries within a year.

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  7. Training Course on Prevention and Crisis Management of Biological Terrorism

    Mr. Takashima: The Government of Japan will jointly hold a training course with the Government of Malaysia on Prevention and Crisis Management of Biological Terrorism from 18 to 22 July in coordination with the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter Terrorism (SEARCCT).

    At the APEC 2002 Summit, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced that Japan would host seminars on CBRN terrorism over the next five years to provide capacity-building assistance for the Asia Pacific Region by utilizing Japan's experience and expertise in this field. Translating this commitment into concrete projects, the first seminar was held in Tokyo in September 2003 and the second was held in cooperation with the SEARCCT in July 2004. This training course is the third in the series, and will be devoted to bio terrorism.

    This training course also constitutes Japan's cooperative activity for the SEARCCT, for which Japan expressed support in the "Japan-ASEAN Joint Declaration for Cooperation in the Fight against International Terrorism," which was adopted on the occasion of the Japan-ASEAN Summit Meeting in November 2004.

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  8. Question concerning resolution of the African Union

    Q: Mr. Press Secretary, I wonder if you could comment on a UN resolution the African Union presented to the General Assembly on Wednesday and how Japan would find common ground with the African countries on the issue of Security Council reform. Thank you.

    Mr. Takashima: As expected, the African Union presented to the General Assembly a draft resolution in regard to the Security Council reform. The G4 group including Japan would make further efforts to find the possibility of consolidating their draft resolutions with the one which the G4 had already tabled at the General Assembly. The Government of Japan believes that the forthcoming meeting between G4 and the representatives of the African Union to be held in New York on 17 July would provide the best opportunity for this endeavor.

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  9. Question concerning former Prime Minister Hashimoto's visit to the UAE

    Q: Regarding visit by former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto to UAE, may I ask if there are any specific agenda during his meetings with UAE officials? Thank you.

    Mr. Takashima: Former Prime Minister Hashimoto will have exchange of views on a wide range of subjects including bilateral relations between Japan and the UAE and international issues such as the Middle East, Iraqi situation, and the United Nations reform. The Government of Japan expects that the visit of former Prime Minister Hashimoto will further strengthen the friendly relations between Japan and the UAE.

    Related Information (Japan-UAE Relations)

  10. Question concerning comments of Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Nariaki Nakayama

    Q: Mr Press Secretary, has the Chinese Government lodged a formal complaint to Japan regarding comments Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Nariaki Nakayama made on 10 July on comfort women in relation to an email from a Japanese woman in Canada? The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman posted a complaint on their website but I was wondering if there had been any direct complaint from China. Thank you.

    Mr. Takashima: We are aware of the statement by the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on this issue, but there has not been any direct correspondence from the Chinese side to us.

    As it seems that you have no more questions, I would like to end today's Regular Internet Press Chat Conference. See you at the next Regular Internet Press Chat Conference scheduled to be held on Thursday, 28 July from 16:00. The record of this Press Conference will be displayed on our website. Thank you for joining our first Internet Press Chat Conference. If you have any comments on the conference, please e-mail to housai2005@yahoo.co.jp.


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