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In this issue:

  • Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

  • Policy Speech by Prime Minister Noda to the 180th Diet

  • Press Conference by Foreign Minister Gemba

  • Watch the Video: Foreign Minister Gemba's Visit to the US


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    Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda


    The Reshuffled Noda Cabinet
    (© Cabinet Secretariat, Cabinet Public Relations Office)

    -Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
    January 13, 2012

    Today I reshuffled my Cabinet, and this afternoon I attended the attestation ceremony at the Imperial Palace for the new Cabinet members.

    One thing that I would like everyone to understand related to the background of this reshuffle is that we will be inaugurating the Reconstruction Agency at an early date in February. With the inauguration of the Reconstruction Agency, I will be able to appoint a Minister, Vice-ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries to be in charge of this issue. Focusing on that point, I wanted to be thoroughly prepared for every possibility with regard to reconstruction. In addition, the ordinary session of the Diet is about to start, and there are many matters which we must work on, which we cannot turn away from, which we cannot put off. These include the...


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    Policy Speech by Prime Minister Noda to the 180th Diet


    Prime Minister Noda addresses the Diet (© Cabinet Public Relations Office)

    -Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
    January 24, 2012

    On the occasion of the opening of the 180th session of the Diet I would like to present the various challenges facing Japan and the basic policies of the Noda Cabinet.

    The Noda Cabinet was inaugurated in September last year, entrusted with the mission of resolving one by one the issues facing us immediately. As this year should be "the First Year for the Rebirth of Japan", I will aim, above everything else, to break away from...


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    Press Conference by Foreign Minister Gemba


    Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba
    (© Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

    -Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba
    January 20, 2012

    Foreign Minister Gemba held a press conference on Friday, January 20th to answer questions about the realignment of US forces in Japan, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, sanctions on Iran and more.

    Minister Gemba: Relevant Ministries' officials dispatched from Japan held consultations with their counterparts of Vietnam and Brunei in charge of TPP negotiations towards Japan's participation in TPP negotiations. The consultations were held in Vietnam and Brunei on Tuesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 19, respectively. Furthermore, the officials collected information on TPP negotiations.

    I heard that the result of the overall consultations with both countries this time were very positive. Both Vietnamese government and Brunei government have...


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    For more recent press conferences by Foreign Minister Gemba:

    February 1, 2012

    January 31, 2012

    January 27, 2012

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    Watch the Video: Foreign Minister Gemba's Visit to the US


    Minister Gemba, Secretary Clinton
    Foreign Minister Gemba with Secretary of State Clinton
    (© US Department of State)

    -Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    January 23, 2012

    In our last issue, Japan Now featured a press conference from Foreign Minister Gemba's US visit. Now, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has posted a video of his visit.


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