On September 20, NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO-PA) delegation, which is paying a working visit to Japan, visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister's Office of Japan.
During the visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Minister Yamada welcomed the delegation’s visit, and while referring to the current regional situation including East Asia, stated that cooperation between Japan and NATO is extremely important and expressed his expection that this visit will make the most of this opportunity for the future development of Japan-NATO cooperation. Thereafter, the respective divisions of the Ministry in charge briefed the delegation on "NATO-Japan Relations" and "Climate Change and Security," followed by an exchange of views on these topics.
Following the visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the delegation visited the Prime Minister's Office of Japan and paid a courtesy call on Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Isozaki. During the courtesy call, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary expressed his welcome to the delegation's visit to Japan and explained Japan's security policy in light of the current regional situation, as well as the ongoing efforts to strengthen Japan-NATO relations. Thereafter, the Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary and the delegation exchanged their views on these issues.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly was established in 1955 to facilitate a broad exchange of views among NATO member states and to reflect them in NATO policy. The NATO-PA consists of 269 members from each national parliaments of the 30 NATO member states.