Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting (Summary)
June 6, 2007
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was visiting Germany to attend the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, held a summit meeting with President George Bush for approximately 50 minutes on June 6.
Also present at the meeting were Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Shimomura, Deputy Foreign Minister Yabunaka, and Deputy Foreign Minister Kono from the Japan side, and Chief of Staff Bolten, National Security Advisor Hadley, and Deputy Secretary of State Negroponte from the U.S. side.
Including 4 telephone conversations, this marked the sixth time the two leaders have talked this year. Their talks, on a first name basis, reflected the growing friendship between the two leaders.
A summary of their meeting follows.
Prime Minister Abe stated that he would continue to have dialogue with President Bush to strengthen the “irreplaceable and invaluable Japan-U.S. alliance.” President Bush responded he was always ready to talk, whenever and wherever.
2. Climate Change
Prime Minister Abe highly appreciated President Bush's initiative on climate change and explained Japan 's proposal on this issue. President Bush mentioned the importance of building a framework including China and India , as well as the importance of energy conservation and technological innovation in this area. The two leaders agreed to cooperate and make progress in building an effective international framework at the Heiligendamm Summit. They also agreed to aim for substantial results at next year’s Summit , which will be held in Japan at Toyako , Hokkaido .
3. North Korea
Prime Minister Abe indicated that the current problem regarding North Korea had resulted from North Korea 's insincere response, and that, with regard to the abduction issue, it was most regrettable that North Korea had not responded with any sincerity at all. The two leaders agreed that their patience was not unlimited. President Bush reaffirmed that the United States would support Japan 's position on the abduction issue, including the issue of removing North Korea from the list of countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism. The two leaders agreed that the summit chair's summary should deliver a strong message to North Korea , and that they would continue to work together on the North Korean issue in close consultation.
4. Japan-U.S.-Australia-India Quadripartite Dialogue
The two leaders welcomed the beginning of the dialogue among Japan , the United States , Australia and India at senior official’s level on the occasion of ARF-SOM (ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials Meeting) in May.
5. U.N. Security Council Reform
The two leaders agreed to continue to work together closely on this matter.
6. The Fight Against Terrorism
Prime Minister Abe said that Japan was considering substantially increasing its aid to Pakistan this fiscal year. Specifically, the two leaders agreed to have the responsible authorities consult on the ways of future cooperation in providing support to the FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area) that comprises a part of the boarder with Afghanistan , which is on the front line in the fight against terrorism.
Prime Minister Abe explained that a bill for a two-year extension of the Law Concerning the Special Measures on Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance in Iraq, had already been passed by the House of Representatives and was currently under deliberation in the House of Councilors, and expressed his intension to have the bill passed during this session of the Diet. President Bush expressed his appreciation.
8. WTO Doha Round
Recognizing that the Doha Round has now reached a critical point for a breakthrough, the two leaders agreed to work closely towards a conclusion of the Doha Round.
9. The Issue of U.S. Beef Imports
In response to the reference of this issue by President Bush, Prime Minister Abe explained that Japan would deal with this issue based on scientific evidence ensuring the basic premise of food safety for the Japanese people, and that the related ministries are required to consult the Food Safety Commission to review import conditions.