Courtesy Call on Mr. Norio Mitsuya, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, by OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Yves Leterme

January 27, 2014

  1. On January 27, commencing at 6:50 p.m., Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Norio Mitsuya received a courtesy call from OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Yves Leterme, during his visit to Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

    1. At the beginning, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Mitsuya welcomed Deputy Secretary-General Leterme as the first high-level visit from OECD to Japan this year, which marks the 50th Anniversary as a Member of the OECD, and stated that the Government of Japan intends to continue close cooperation with OECD toward the Ministerial Council Meeting in May this year to be chaired by Japan. He also stated that the concept of “Resilience” as a main theme of the Ministerial Council Meeting is appropriate for Japan, which is recovering from the Great East Japan Earthquake and overcoming deflation through Abenomics, and expressed Japan’s interest in policy discussions for achieving more dynamic growth through promoting women’s contribution and stimulating innovation.

    2. Deputy Secretary-General Leterme noted with great pleasure that Japan would chair the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, and stated that the OECD Secretariat would continue to cooperate with Mr. Kazuo Kodama, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Japan to the OECD, towards the success of the Meeting. Deputy Secretary-General Leterme noted that, as the world economy is paying attention to the Abenomics, it is quite timely that Japan will assume the Chair of the Ministerial Council Meeting with “Resilience” as a main theme, and expressed his intention to provide further possible support for the main policies of Abe Administration, including promotion of women’s contribution.

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