Courtesy Call on Mr. Masaji Matsuyama, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, by Ambassador Enrique Roman-Morey, Chairman of the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference

August 23, 2013
Japanese

  1. On Friday 23 August, Mr. Masaji Matsuyama, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call from Ambassador Enrique Roman-Morey, Chairman of the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, for approximately 20 minutes from 04:00 p.m. An overview of the meeting is as follows:

    1. At the beginning, Senior Vice-Minister Matsuyama congratulated Ambassador Roman-Morey on his inauguration as the chairman and conveyed the policy of the Government of Japan toward a "world without nuclear weapons" as the only nation to have suffered atomic bombings. In response to this, Chairman Roman-Morey stated that Japan was the first state party of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that he had visited as the chairman for consultations and because Japan is an important country in the field of nuclear non-proliferation, he expressed his desire to cooperate with Japan.

    2. Moreover, Senior Vice-Minister Matsuyama introduced the activities of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI), which had been established by Japan with nine non-nuclear-weapon States, as well as a plan to hold a foreign ministers’ meeting in Hiroshima next April for the purpose of contributing to the NPT review process. In response to this, Chairman Roman-Morey stated his appreciation for the activities of the NPDI. In addition, both parties exchanged view on issues including North Korea’s nuclear issue.

* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.