September 29, 2012 Vol. 8, No. 6

· Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

· Foreign Minister Gemba Holds Press Conference on Meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

· Press Conference by Prime Minister Noda

· Japan-U.S. Aid Coordination in the Pacific Island Countries

· Prime Minister Sets Forth Innovative Strategy for Energy and the Environment

· High Praise for Japan's Olympians


Prime Minister Noda
with U.S. Secretary of
State Clinton (Cabinet
Public Relations Office)

Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton


-Cabinet Secretariat
September 8, 2012

On Saturday, September 8, for approximately 55 minutes from 7:30 p.m. (local time), Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda received a courtesy call from The Honorable Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States of America, during his visit to Vladivostok to attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting.


Foreign Minister
Koichiro Gemba
(©Ministry of
Foreign Affairs)

Foreign Minister Gemba Holds Press Conference on Meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta


-Ministry of Foreign Affairs
September 17, 2012

On September 17, Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba held a press conference addressing his recent meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. The two discussed the Japan-U.S. Alliance, as well as Japan-China relations.

Minister Gemba: I had an exchange of opinions with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta centering on regional situations, as well as the realignment of U.S. Forces Japan (USFJ), Ospreys, and other matters of both sides’ interest related to Japan-U.S. security. This is the third meeting I have had with Secretary Panetta in one year. It is crucial that close communications be undertaken at the ministerial level between Japan and the United States on effective, efficient, and creative policy to further deepen and expand the Japan-U.S. Alliance as the United States shifts toward the stage of implementing a strategy focusing on the Asia-Pacific region. In that sense, I think that we were able to have a significant meeting today. 

Press Conference by Prime Minister Noda


-Opening Statement by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

PRIME MINISTER NODA: Since the start of this month, a series of incidents have taken place in the surrounding waters of Japan which concern the sovereignty of the nation. This is extremely regrettable. Japan cannot overlook such conducts.

The greatest responsibility of the nation is to protect peace and to ensure the safety of the people. It is to protect the sovereignty of Japan and to protect the territories and territorial waters of our homeland. As Prime Minister in charge of all governmental affairs, I am committed to fulfilling this crucial duty, both calmly and reassuringly with a resolute attitude, and with unwavering resolve.


Vice-Minister Nakano
and Secretary of State
Clinton (©Ministry of
Foreign Affairs)

Japan-U.S. Aid Coordination in the Pacific Island Countries


-Ministry of Foreign Affairs
September 1, 2012

The Cook Islands

On Friday, August 31 (local time), Mr. Joe Nakano, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States of America, attended the Post-Forum Dialogue of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) held in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands.


Prime Minister Noda Meets
with Members of his Energy
Council (Photo: Cabinet
Public Relations Office)

Prime Minister Sets Forth Innovative Strategy for Energy and the Environment


-Cabinet Secretariat
September 14, 2012

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda attended the meeting of the Energy and Environment Council at the Prime Minister's Office.

At the meeting, the Innovative Strategy for Energy and the Environment was decided.

Based on the decision, the Prime Minister said, "By deciding the Innovative Strategy for Energy and the Environment here today, we are now finally able to stand at the new starting line."


Prime Minister Noda with
Homare Sawa (Left) and
Saori Yoshida (Cabinet
Public Relations Office)

High Praise for Japan's Olympians


-Cabinet Secretariat
August 20, 2012

On August 20, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda invited members of the Japanese National Team and others to the Prime Minister’s Office for a ceremony and to present them with certificates of honor. The Japanese National Team won thirty-eight medals including seven gold medals, the highest total ever in Japan’s Olympic history..