Press Conference 14 April 2006

  1. 4th round of negotiations on Japan-Indonesia Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)
  2. 1st consultation on consular affairs between Japan and the Republic of Turkey
  3. Executive committee for Japan-Thailand 120th anniversary of declaration of amity and commerce
  4. Courtesy call on Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso by former US Ambassadors to Japan Thomas S. Foley and Walter F. Mondale
  5. Questions concerning senior level meetings on military realignment

  1. 4th round of negotiations on Japan-Indonesia Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

    Deputy Press Secretary Tomohiko Taniguchi: Thank you very much for coming. I have four items to talk about.

    The first one is about the 4th round of negotiations on Japan-Indonesia Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

    The fourth round of negotiations will take place from 17 through to 21 April (Mon to Fri) here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Mitoji Yabunaka of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan will attend and from Indonesia former Ambassador to Japan Soemadi Djoko Moerdjono Brotodiningrat will be attending.

    Obviously many issues relating to both nations in order to have the Economic Partnership Agreement will be discussed such as the service trade, the goods trade, and investment cooperation.

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  2. 1st consultation on consular affairs between Japan and the Republic of Turkey

    Mr. Taniguchi: Second is the first round of consultations on consular affairs between Japan and the Republic of Turkey.

    It will be held in Tokyo on 17 April (Mon). From the Japanese side, Deputy Director-General Hiroshi Fukada of the Consular Affairs Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from the Republic of Turkey, Deputy Director-General Ali Riza Colak of the Consular Affairs of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be attending.

    This is a follow-on effort agreed by the both nations when Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi made a visit to Turkey, in January this year. It reflects the fact that the exchanges of people between the two nations have increased in amount and frequency of late. So they are talking about issues related to consular affairs.

    Related Information (Japan-Turkey Relations)

  3. Executive committee for Japan-Thailand 120th anniversary of declaration of amity and commerce

    Mr. Taniguchi: Now the third one is about Japan-Thailand 120th anniversary of declaration of amity and commerce.

    In 2007 both nations will celebrate the 120th anniversary of the declaration of amity and commerce and for that Japan and Thailand have started to discuss how we should jointly celebrate. The first executive committee for that purpose was held 13 April (Thu). The second meeting will take place in the Kingdom of Thailand, this month, 26 April (Wed). It will launch what is called a joint task force to think about the way in which the anniversary is going to be celebrated.

    In addition to this, I should mention that there is a steering committee about the celebration of the 120th anniversary comprising many notable business leaders.

    Among them is former Head of Sakura Bank, now Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, Kenichi Suematsu, who is one of the committee members. The Head of the committee is Chairman Shosaku Yasui of the Japan-Thailand Trade and Economic Committee of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), also a counselor of Teijin Limited. Many others like the Heads of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and so on are also members.

    Related Information (Japan-Thailand Relations)

  4. Courtesy call on Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso by former US Ambassadors to Japan Thomas S. Foley and Walter F. Mondale

    Mr. Taniguchi: The last item is about a visit made by two of the former United States (US) Ambassadors to Japan on Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso. Former US Ambassador Thomas S. Foley and former US Ambassador Walter F. Mondale, both serving as Chairman and Senior Counselor respectively for the Mansfield Foundation, visited Foreign Minister Aso 13 April (Thu). They were joined by the current US Ambassador to Japan James Thomas Schieffer.

    They went to Minister Aso's office to express their appreciation to the Japanese Government for its support of a very successful program called the Mike Mansfield Fellowship. It is to send mid-career central governmental bureaucrats from the United States to Japan to let them have experiences working together with their counterparts at a host of Japanese Ministries to establish personal ties and develop their views about the bilateral relations.

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  5. Questions concerning senior level meetings on military realignment

    Q: I understand that the senior level realignment talks between Japan and the United States took place yesterday. I also understand that not much can come out from government officials. But so far can you tell me anything about the outcomes and is there any truth to the claims that Japan will provide additional funds?

    Mr. Taniguchi: May I simply say that the closer we get to the conclusion the narrower the scope has come for me to tell you anything about it. So I must say that I cannot say anything about it to you. They are talking about the issues at the moment so I should refrain myself from making any comments at this point.

    Q: Do you foresee any optimistic prospects concerning the costs being resolved anytime soon?

    Mr. Taniguchi: The same comment can be said about that too. I should refrain myself from making any comment.

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