Japan-Chile Summit Meeting (Overview)

November 14, 2010

(photo) Prime Minister Kan shaking hanks with President Piñera of Chile (photo) Prime Minister Kan holding a meeting with President Piñera of Chile and Chilean delegates
(Photos: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

President of the Republic of Chile, Dr. Sebastián Piñera, during his visit to Japan to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting, held a meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Naoto Kan, on November 14 (Sun) from 4:10 to 4:30 p.m. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. Opening

Prime Minister Kan extended his appreciation to President Piñera for making active contributions to APEC meetings. He also expressed respect for the leadership that the President had exerted in the rescue of all 33 trapped miners. In response, President Piñera expressed gratitude for Japan's assistance for the earthquake in Chile in February, and also expressed respect for Japan's smooth organization of APEC meetings.

2. Bilateral Relations

President Piñera expressed his wish to further enhance Japan-Chile bilateral relations, which boast nearly 120 years of history, stating that the Tokyo Atacama Observatory (TAO) Project, a cooperation project in the field of astronomy, is well-received in Chile. The President also stated that he would like to learn many things from Japan's experiences, and explained his views on cooperation in the field of energy efficiency, and on the implementation of early warning systems against earthquakes and tsunamis. President Piñera said that he was looking for Japan's investment in long bridges or high-speed railways, as well as cooperation in implementing the Japanese ISDB-T standards for terrestrial digital TV, which Chile had adopted. In addition, he spoke about revitalizing relations between the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Chilean National Committee of Science and Technology Investigation. In response, Prime Minister Kan took the opportunity to express once again his sympathy for the victims of the earthquake disaster in Chile, and stated that Japan intended to cooperate on the introduction of the early warning system and that he was glad that Chile had adopted the Japanese terrestrial digital TV system. Regarding the President's request for investment in long bridges and high-speed railways, the Prime Minister said that he would be happy if Japan could extend cooperation to many countries, including Chile, with its advanced technologies. For high-speed railways in particular, Prime Minister Kan explained that Mr. Seiji Maehara, Minister for Foreign Affairs, also had strong interest, and as such, the Prime Minister was eager to hold consultations once the possibilities in Chile are confirmed.

3. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

President Piñera said that Chile would welcome Japan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), to which Prime Minister Kan expressed respect for the farsightedness Chile had demonstrated in its decision to become an original member of the TPP. The Prime Minister expressed gratitude for the invitation extended to Japan, the Chair of APEC, to attend as an observer at the TPP summit meeting held earlier in the morning of November 14, stating that he would like to continue consultations.

4. United Nations Reform

Prime Minister Kan extended appreciation for Chile's support for Japan's bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. President Piñera expressed his view that international organizations, e.g. the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the United Nations, must be reformed to reflect the realities of the 21st century, and from that perspective, among other reasons, Chile strongly supported Japan's bid to become a permanent member at the Security Council.

5. Lastly, Prime Minister Kan conveyed to President Piñera that he had sent a video message celebrating the 200th anniversary of Chile's foundation this September, expressing his wish to continuously deepen cooperation in various areas. After the meeting, President Piñera presented Prime Minister Kan with a miniature of the Phoenix capsule used for the rescue of the trapped miners.

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