Meeting between State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Minoru Kiuchi and Mr. Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy of Luxembourg
October 10, 2014
On October 10, commencing at 5:40 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Minoru Kiuchi held a meeting with Mr. Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy of Luxembourg during his visit to Japan. The overview is as follows.
1. At the beginning, State Minister Kiuchi stated he is extremely delighted to have signed the Agreement between Japan and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on Social Security with Deputy Prime Minister Schneider earlier, and bilateral humain and economic exchanges can be expected to advance further as a result of the Agreement. Deputy Prime Minister Schneider replied he is very happy that Luxembourg’s attractiveness to Japanese companies will increase through this Social Security Agreement.
2. State Minister Kiuchi stated that Luxembourg is playing a very important role in the international community, including the active promotion of the European integration, and that he would like to take advantage of this visit to Japan by Deputy Prime Minister Schneider and Crown Prince Guillaume and Crown Princess Stéphanie of Luxembourg as an opportunity to advance bilateral relations further. Deputy Prime Minister Schneider replied that on this visit to Japan he is accompanied by the largest economic and trade mission thus far, and is extremely satisfied that it interacted with a large number of Japanese companies, while stating that he expects Japan also to dispatch a business mission to Luxembourg in order to strengthen bilateral economic relations.
3. State Minister Kiuchi and Deputy Prime Minister Schneider shared the view that they will strive to conclude the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) promptly.