Press Conference by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
Friday, September 11, 2015, 8:46 a.m.   Front Entrance Hall, Prime Minister’s Office

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Reference to Japan in an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) bulletin

Chijiiwa, TV Asahi: I would like to ask a question about ISIL. It has come to light that via the Internet, ISIL is taking a hostile view of Japan and encouraging its supporters to attack Japanese embassies in Malaysia and Indonesia. How is the Government of Japan responding?

Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs:

Chijiiwa, TV Asahi: Did you, Minister Kishida, issue the instruction? And when was it issued?

Minister Kishida: The fact is that the information was received and a response to it was made, so the instruction was issued after we received the information that the announcement had taken place. Naturally, as Minister I am the person responsible for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so I believe the instruction was from me.

Developments within the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)

Chijiiwa, TV Asahi: I would like to ask another question, about developments within the LDP. Minister Ishiba has decided to set up a faction, looking ahead to the LDP presidential election in three years’ time. I imagine that you, Minister Kishida, will also run in the presidential election three years from now. How do you view this move by a rival?

Minister Kishida: To begin with, I have absolutely no idea how the presidential election in three years’ time will turn out, and personally I am not thinking about it. Furthermore, I am aware of the reports etc. concerning Minister Ishiba’s move. I think you can ask Minister Ishiba himself about his intentions and thoughts.

Three years since the acquisition and possession of the Senkaku Islands

Nanjo, Sankei Shimbun: It is three years today since the nationalization of the Senkaku Islands. As before, intrusions into territorial waters by Chinese government vessels continue. How do you view the current situation?

Minister Kishida: As I have said repeatedly, the Senkaku Islands are an inherent part of the territory of Japan. This is indisputable historically and internationally, I believe. And indeed, the Senkaku Islands are under the valid control of Japan, and no territorial issue or issue of territorial sovereignty exists. That is the Government of Japan’s position. Nevertheless, intrusions into territorial waters by Chinese official vessels occur frequently, and as before, the circumstances are unpredictable. I recognize that this is the situation. I believe we must continue to respond firmly and calmly, and must make firmly sure of warning and surveillance.

Minister Kishida’s visit to Russia

Nakagawa, Yomiuri Shimbun: There have been some reports suggesting that you are considering visiting Russia during Silver Week. What is the current situation?

Minister Kishida: There is no truth to the reports.

Nakagawa, Yomiuri Shimbun: Does that mean there is no possibility you will go to Russia?

Minister Kishida: There is no truth to the reports.