Europe

April 29, 2014
  1. On April 29, commencing at shortly after 6:50 p.m. (local time) for approximately 10 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was visiting Federal Republic of Germany, had a meeting with Volker Kauder, Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag.


  2. Prime Minister Abe said the fact that Japan is mentioned first in the Asia section of the third Merkel Administration’s coalition agreement shows that Germany places an emphasis on Japan. He said Japan and Germany share fundamental values and are partners that address global challenges together.


  3. In response, Chairman Kauder said he personally places an emphasis on Japan, and in this year he is scheduled to visit Japan for the fifth time. Chairman Kauder noted that in Prime Minister Abe’s round of visits in Europe Prime Minister Abe stopped by Germany first, and Chairman Kauder said he views this as an indication of Japan’s special attention to Germany. He said Japan and Germany share fundamental values, and should continue to deepen their cooperation in the international arena.


  4. Prime Minister Abe and Chairman Kauder shared the view that the two countries will continue to cooperate for the resolution of the Ukraine issue in a peaceful manner.


  5. In addition, Japanese Ambassador to Germany Takeshi Nakane, who was also present at the meeting, delivered letters from three students from Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University who are in contact with Chairman Kauder (see note below), and Prime Minister Abe and Chairman Kauder shared the view that bilateral exchanges will be deepened further.

(Note) The year before last year, the CDU/CSU invited students from Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University. Chairman Kauder has been staying in contact with students from the university since then.


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