Vol. 5, No. 16 (November 25, 2009)
The opinions and materials contained herein do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Government of Japan.

 

In this issue

1. Japan, US Leaders Agree to Start Deliberation Process

2. US President Obama Promises Active Engagement in Asia in Tokyo Speech

3. Japanese Emperor Marks 20th Anniversary of Reign

4. Japan's New Commitment to Asia
-Toward the Realization of an East Asian Community-

5. First Day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting

6. Second Day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting

 

Japan, US Leaders Agree to Start Deliberation Process

(photo) President Obama and Prime Minister Hatoyama
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama hold a joint press conference.
(Cabinet Public Relations Office photo)

-FPCJ, No. 0969
November 17, 2009

On November 13 Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama held talks in Tokyo with US President Barack Obama, who was visiting Japan for the first time since he took office. In order to deepen the Japan-US alliance ahead of next year's fiftieth anniversary of the revision of the Japan-US Security Treaty, the two leaders...

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Read more about the summit at the Cabinet's homepage.

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US President Obama Promises Active
Engagement in Asia in Tokyo Speech

(photo) President Obama and Prime Minister Hatoyama toast during a dinner
President Obama and the U.S. delegation toast with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama at a dinner during President Obama's recent trip to Japan.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

-FPCJ, No. 0971
November 17, 2009

On November 14 in Tokyo US President Barack Obama delivered his first major speech on US diplomacy toward Asia. In the speech, President Obama described the United States as an "Asia- Pacific nation" and said that since taking office he had...

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20th Anniversary of Emperor's Enthronement

(photo) Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace in Tokyo, where over 30,000 people gathered two weeks ago to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Emperor's enthronement.
(© Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

-FPCJ, No. 0970
November 17, 2009

On November 12 a government-sponsored ceremony and a private-sector ceremony were held in Tokyo for the Emperor, who marked the twentieth anniversary of his enthronement on that day. The government- sponsored ceremony to celebrate the occasion, which was held at the National Theater of Japan, was attended by about 1,000 persons, including Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama (the executive head), the legislative and judicial heads, foreign ambassadors in Japan, and invited guests. The private-sector ceremony, which was organized by political and business circles and held at the Imperial Palace Plaza, attracted about 30,000 people. The Japanese media reported...

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Japan's New Commitment to Asia
-Toward the Realization of an East Asian Community-

 

(photo) Prime Minister Hatoyama
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama
(Cabinet Public Relations Office photo)

 

-Address by H.E. Dr. Yukio Hatoyama,
Prime Minister of Japan
November 15, 2009

1. Greetings

His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean,
His Excellency Ambassador and Dean of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Mr. Barry Desker,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Just a short while ago, the APEC leaders' Summit was successfully concluded under the esteemed chairpersonship of His Excellency Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. I have come to this lecture immediately afterwards. I am very honored to be able to speak with you about the new Japanese administration's policy toward Asia. I especially thank Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo for serving as the moderator today.

2. Asia and Japan

Today, there is no question about the importance of Asia.
The world is becoming increasingly multipolar. If we look at economic power against this backdrop, we see that...

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First Day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Economic Leaders' Meeting

 

(photo) JCC ribbon cutting ceremony
Prime Minister Hatoyama takes part in the JCC ribbon cutting ceremony. (Cabinet Public Relations Office photo)

 

-Hatoyama Cabinet
November 14, 2009

On November 14 (local time), Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama visited the Republic of Singapore to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting.

After his arrival, Prime Minister Hatoyama held talks with Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore. Following the meeting, Prime Minister Hatoyama attended the opening ceremony of the Japan Creative Centre (JCC).

The JCC was established, upon Prime Minister Lee's proposal, with...

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Second Day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Economic Leaders' Meeting

 

(photo) Breakfast session on climate change
The Prime Minister attends a breakfast session on climate change.
(Cabinet Public Relations Office photo)

 

-Hatoyama Cabinet
November 15, 2009

On November 15 (local time), Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who is visiting the Republic of Singapore to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting, took part in a breakfast session with...

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