Vol. 5, No. 11 (August 4, 2009)
The opinions and materials contained herein do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Government of Japan.

 

In this issue

1. Press Conference by Prime Minister Taro Aso
upon the Conclusion of the G8 Summit 2009 in L'Aquila, Italy

2. The Prime Minister Delivers a Foreign Policy Speech
at a Lecture Hosted by the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)

3.Press Conference by Prime Minister Taro Aso
Following the Dissolution of the House of Representatives

4. The Prime Minister Meets with the Secretary-General of the United Nations

 

 

Press Conference by Prime Minister Taro Aso
upon the Conclusion of the G8 Summit 2009 in L'Aquila, Italy

(photo) At the G8 L'Aquila Summit
The Prime Minister attending a working session (Cabinet Public Relations Office photo)

 

-Prime Minister Taro Aso
July 10, 2009

1. Opening statement

Over the past three days here in L'Aquila, Italy, I have been attending G8 Summit meetings as well as related outreach meetings such as the G14 at which other countries were represented. I should like to explain the results of these meetings.

First, on the world economy. During the summit I offered an explanation on Japanese economic policy management. Specifically, I explained that we are implementing a set of economic measures whose scale is the largest in history, and that at the same time...

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For more on the summit, please visit the G8 Summit 2009 Official Website. To learn more about the Prime Minister's involvement, please see Prime Minister Aso's reflections during the summit in the July 9th issue of the Aso Cabinet E-mail Magazine.

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Chairman's Statement
The 10th ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers Meeting

 

(photo) The 10th ASEAN+3 Foreign Ministers Meeting
The 10th ASEAN+3 Foreign Ministers Meeting
(Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

- July 22, 2009
Phuket, Thailand

1. The 10th Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN, the People's Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea was held in Phuket, Thailand, on 22 July 2009. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Kasit Piromya, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand.

2. The Foreign Ministers exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest and concern. The Foreign Ministers stressed the importance of the Joint Press Statement on ASEAN+3 Cooperation in Response to the Global Economic and Financial Crisis issued by Thailand, as the ASEAN Chair and the ASEAN Plus Three Coordinator, on behalf of the ASEAN Plus Three countries, on 3 June 2009. The Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their committment to work together to support the implementation of the Joint Press Statement and turn the crisis into an opportunity for development, cooperation, and win-win progress.

3. The Foreign Ministers welcomed the agreement of the special ASEAN Plus Three Finance Ministers' Meeting on 22 February 2009 in Phuket to increase the total size of the...

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Press Conference by Prime Minister Taro Aso
Following the Dissolution of the House of Representatives

(photo) Prime Minister Taro Aso
The Prime Minister holds a press conference
(Cabinet Public Relations Office photo)

 

-Prime Minister Taro Aso
July 21, 2009

[Opening Remarks by Prime Minister Taro Aso]

Introduction

Today, I, Taro Aso, decided to dissolve the House of Representatives and seek a popular mandate. This is to clarify responsibility for governing, namely which party shall safeguard Japan and the daily lives of the Japanese people.

1. Reflections and an Apology

Since assuming office, I have placed foremost priority on reviving the economy and defending people's daily lives. During this time, improvident statements I have made caused mistrust among the public and damaged its confidence in politics. I have reflected deeply on...

 

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For more information, see "Dissolution of the House of Representatives -- seeking to bring about economic revival and a society which provides peace of mind to its members" in the July 23rd issue of the Aso Cabinet E-mail Magazine.

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The Prime Minister Meets with the Secretary-General of the United Nations

(photo) Prime Minister Taro Aso and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shake hands
Prime Minister Taro Aso and Secretary General Ban Ki- moon
(Cabinet Public Relations Office photo)

-Aso Cabinet
July 1, 2009

Prime Minister Taro Aso held talks with Mr. Ban Ki- moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the Prime Minister's Office.

At the beginning, Prime Minister Aso welcomed the Secretary-General's visit to Japan. He said, "Secretary- General Ban and I have been communicating closely each other through telephone, and I wish to further advance our collaboration on various issues, including climate change, the North Korean issue, and United Nations Security Council reform."

At the meeting, the Prime Minister and the Secretary- General...


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Further reading:

Opening Remarks at Joint Press Opportunity, July 1, 2009
Prime Minister Taro Aso
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Opening Remarks at Joint Press Conference, June 30, 2009
Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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