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Press Conference by Deputy Press Secretary Koichi Mizushima

Thursday, August 29, 2013, 2:00 p.m. Press Conference Room 381, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Kishida’s visit to Hungary and Ukraine

Deputy Press Secretary Mr. Koichi Mizushima: Foreign Minister Kishida visited Hungary and Ukraine from August 23rd to 26th.
The purpose of his visit to Hungary was to further strengthen ties of both countries in light of the planned visit of HE Prime Minister Viktor Orban to Japan within this fiscal year.
During his visit, Foreign Minister Kishida signed the agreement on Social Security, which is expected to help further develop bilateral economic relations by improving business environment for Japanese companies invested in Hungary, and vice versa.
In addition, as Hungary holds V4 presidency from July 2013 to June 2014, Foreign Minister Kishida discussed further cooperation in the framework of V4+Japan, including holding the ODA seminar in autumn in Budapest and the security Policy Seminar in next February in Tokyo.
The purpose of the visit to Ukraine was to further strengthening ties of both countries in particular in the field of economy and nuclear-accident related cooperation.
In the meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, light of high expectation of Japanese business communities toward Ukraine, two Foreign Ministers shared their view that the negotiation on a bilateral investment agreement should be accelerated
As for cooperation regarding nuclear power plants accident, it was reconfirmed that, since both countries have experiences on nuclear power plants accidents in Chernobyl and Fukushima respectively, it was important and as well as the responsibility of both countries that experiences should be shared and further cooperation between two countries should be promoted, then those results should be provided for the international community.  Among those cooperative projects, it was agreed that the two governments should support the initiative and efforts being made by the University of Tokyo and the Ukraine Space Agency on projects to monitor the reconstructive situation by satellite as a symbolic project of such cooperation between two countries.
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