*Note: This is a provisional translation for reference purpose only.
9:12 - 9:19 a.m.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Press Conference Room, METI
Visit to Russia, India and South Africa
Minister Seko: Good morning. First, let me start with one topic: I am going to visit Russia, India and South Africa from Aril 28 to May 5, to confirm summit-level joint efforts and results of the economic agenda and to elaborate on them further.
In Russia, I am going to have several ministerial meetings including those with Mr. Igor Shuvalov, First Deputy Prime Minister, and Mr. Maksim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development and Special Representative for Trade and Economic Cooperation with Japan, in order to discuss and prepare well for a possible visit to Russia by Prime Minister Abe in May, where we could achieve as many concrete results as possible regarding the eight-point cooperation plan.
After the meetings I am also going to make a site-visit to Yamal LNG plant facing the Arctic Ocean.
In India, I am going to visit Bengaluru and Delhi to discuss Japan-India business cooperation regarding start-up support and developing businesses in the Asian and African regions, and to have an energy dialogue in order to further enhance Japan-India energy cooperation.
In South Africa, in response to the announcement by Prime Minister Abe at TICAD VI two years ago, we are going to hold the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum. With participants from both Japanese and African companies, as well as cabinet officials from African countries, we would like to make a profitable use of the forum for Japanese companies’ business growth.
Q: The Inter-Korean Summit is soon to start. What are you paying attention to and what expectations do you have as one of the cabinet members?
A: The Japanese government will keep maximizing pressure on North Korea, in order to realize North Korea’s abandonment of programs of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.
Indeed, I am giving great attention to the summit which starts from today, and expecting that such efforts in this summit as well as in the future US-North Korea summit could urge North Korea to make concrete actions towards the resolution of the abduction issue and nuclear weapons and missile issues.