May 21, 2015

On May 21, commencing at 6:05 p.m. for a short time, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, received respectively courtesy calls from H.E. M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. Mr. Vu Van Ninh, Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, and H.E. Mr. H. Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, who are visiting Japan to attend the 21st International Conference on the Future of Asia. The overview is as follows.

1. H.E. M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand

(1) Prime Minister Abe explained that he has held a series of meaningful meetings with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Japan attaches importance to its relationship with Thailand and intends to promote concrete cooperation in such fields as the development of railways and Dawei. Prime Minister Abe once again requested that consideration be given to maintaining and enhancing the business environment in Thailand.

(2) Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn expressed gratitude for the contributions Japanese companies have made to the development of Thailand’s economy over many years, and expressed his expectation toward Japan’s role in developing railways and Dawei. Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn also stated that he hopes Japanese investment will expand into new industrial fields, such as medical care and aircraft components, based on Thailand’s new investment promotion strategy.

2. H.E. Mr. Vu Van Ninh, Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam

(1) Prime Minister Abe explained that he intends to promote extensive cooperation under the “Extensive Strategic Partnership,” and hopes to obtain the participation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting in July and formulate a new strategy for Japan-Mekong cooperation.

(2) Deputy Prime Minister Ninh stated that Prime Minister Dung is looking forward to attending the Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting, and expressed his congratulations that the Japanese economy is recovering. Additionally, Deputy Prime Minister Ninh expressed his intention to further develop the “Extensive Strategic Partnership” through high-level exchanges, along with conveying his gratitude for the official development assistance (ODA) that Japan has extended to Viet Nam thus far. Furthermore, Deputy Prime Minister Ninh explained that 70% of Viet Nam’s population is engaged in agriculture, and expressed his expectations that Japanese companies will invest in the agricultural sector.

(3) In addition, the two sides also exchanged views on topics such as the reform of the United Nations Security Council and the situation in the South China Sea.

3. H.E. Mr. H. Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of Indonesia

(1) Prime Minister Abe conveyed his gratitude for Vice President Kalla’s attendance at the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai in March, and the welcome extended to Prime Minister Abe by the Indonesian side when Prime Minister Abe attended the Asian-African Conference Commemoration held in Jakarta in April this year. Prime Minister Abe also expressed his intention to follow up the outcomes of summit meetings held with President Joko Widodo thus far, and cooperate on expanding trade and investment. The Prime Minister also stated that he will cooperate on infrastructure development, including a new port in the capital city region and a high-speed railroad system, and will support investment by Japanese companies. Prime Minister Abe also conveyed his expectations regarding cooperating with Indonesia on regional peace and stability.

(2) Vice President Kalla expressed his gratitude for Prime Minister Abe’s attendance at the Asian-African Conference Commemoration, along with displaying his anticipation regarding cooperation on infrastructure development such as the port and high-speed railroad system, and expanding trade and investment. The two sides shared the view that they will further strengthen their cooperation.

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