Joint Press Statement by the Foreign Ministers of Japan and the Republic of Chile

Tokyo, April 26, 2010

His Excellency Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and His Excellency Mr. Alfredo Moreno Charme, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile, had a meeting on April 26, during Minister Moreno's visit to Japan from April 25 to 28, 2010, which marked his first bilateral visit abroad since he took Office. The two Ministers issued the following Joint Press Statement:

1. Bilateral Relations

On behalf of the people and the Government of Japan, Foreign Minister Okada conveyed his congratulations on the bicentennial anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Chile.

The two Ministers confirmed their intention to work together closely, under their respective governments, so as to further strengthen the traditionally cordial and close bilateral relationship, as they referred to the recent telephone conversation between Dr. Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Minister of Japan, and Dr. Sebastian Pinera, President of the Republic of Chile.

Underlining the important momentum for the further consolidation of the bilateral relationship created by the recent high-level visits, such as the visit to Chile in March by Mr. Shuji Kira, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Foreign Minister Moreno's current visit, the two Ministers stressed the importance of further strengthening the economic ties, particularly through the Japan?Chile Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, as well as science, technology and academic exchanges.

Foreign Minister Moreno expressed the wish of his government to receive an official visit to Chile by Dr. Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Minister of Japan.

Foreign Minister Moreno especially welcomed the trend of increasing investment from Japan in the Chilean mining sector and reiterated the intention of the Government of Chile to continue to be supportive of its further promotion.

2. Earthquake in Chile and Japan's Assistance

Foreign Minister Okada expressed his profound condolences on the damage caused by the huge earthquake occurred in Chile last February and explained Japan's assistance to meet urgent and humanitarian needs, including contributions from the Japanese private sector.

Foreign Minister Moreno expressed his deep gratitude and high appreciation for the valuable support from Japan, which over the years has acquired great experience and expertise regarding earthquakes.

Foreign Minister Okada reaffirmed the intention of the Government of Japan to support Chile's efforts for national reconstruction and improvement of its disaster preparedness, and to give priority to the following areas:

(a) Medical Care, including the construction of a semi-permanent facility;
(b) Diagnosis of structural damage of buildings and anti-seismic structure;
(c) Seismological observation; and,
(d) Disaster warning (including the utilization of digital television technology(1 segment reception)).

3. Cooperation in the International Arena

The two Ministers shared the intention to further deepen and expand cooperation between the two countries in meeting challenges facing the international community, such as nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation (including cooperation for the upcoming NPT Review Conference and the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban -Treaty), UN reform (especially Security Council reform), climate change (including cooperation for the COP 16) and the conservation of biodiversity (including cooperation for the COP10).

Foreign Minister Moreno expressed the support of his government for the work being carried out within APEC, through Japan's able leadership, in order to achieve the goals mentioned in the APEC 2010 year theme "Change and Action". The two Ministers concurred on the importance of APEC 2010 priorities: 1) promoting regional economic integration; 2) formulating a growth strategy; 3) enhancing human security; and 4) strengthening economic and technical cooperation to support these agenda.

Foreign Minister Moreno stated that President Pinera and himself intend to visit Japan for the APEC meetings to be held in Yokohama in November. Foreign Minister Okada stated that both visits will be welcomed.

Foreign Minister Moreno expressed his deep appreciation to Foreign Minister Okada, as well as to the Government and people of Japan, for the warm and gracious hospitality they accorded to the Chilean delegation during his visit to Japan.

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