Press Conference by Foreign Press Secretary Norio Maruyama
Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 4:42 p.m. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Visits to Japan by Prime Minister Phuc of Viet Nam and Prime Minister Thongloun of the Lao PDR
Mr. Norio Maruyama, Foreign Press Secretary: As already notified, H. E. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, is visiting Japan during June 4-8, and H.E. Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) is visiting Japan during June 4-8.
Prime Minister Phuc held a summit meeting with Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister, on June 6. The two leaders exchanged 11 documents of exchange and issued the Joint Statement on Deepening the Viet Nam–Japan Extensive Strategic Partnership. Prime Minister Phuc is visiting Osaka from June 7 to engage in dialogue with the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives and to attend a welcome dinner hosted by six local groups. He is scheduled to return to Viet Nam from Kansai International Airport on June 8.
Prime Minister Thongloun is going to hold a summit meeting with Prime Minister Abe tonight (June 7). He is scheduled to return to the Lao PDR from Narita Airport on June 8.
Shooting Incidents at the Iranian Parliament and Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini
NHK, Sakamoto: It was just reported that attacks occurred at multiple sites in Tehran, Iran, including the Parliament and Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini. I think a shooting incident at the Parliament is extremely unusual in Iran. What have you confirmed thus far and are there any injured Japanese people or Japanese people caught up in the attacks?
Foreign Press Secretary Maruyama: Regarding the incidents you mentioned, the Embassy of Japan in Iran is currently moving rapidly to confirm the safety of Japanese people in the area. We will continue our efforts to confirm facts related to the incidents.
NHK, Sakamoto: What is the possibility of these being terrorist attacks?
Foreign Press Secretary Maruyama: We are currently in the process of confirming facts related to the incidents.
Jiji Press, Ichikawa: On the same topic, do you have any information thus far about problems related to the safety of Japanese people?
Foreign Press Secretary Maruyama: We are currently looking into safety. This is being confirmed.