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Jan 30, 2014

Basic policies of the National Strategic Special Zones are decided.

“During the recent Davos Meeting, I made remarks that ‘in the National Strategic Special Zones, over the next two years, no vested interests will remain immune from my drill.’ The concept behind those remarks is clearly incorporated in today’s ‘basic policies,’ said Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. The Special Zones will be a breakthrough for regulatory reform, which is fundamental to the Abe administration’s growth strategy.

Jan 28, 2014

Youths Participating in the Global Leaders Development (GLD) Program

“GLD Program aims to deepen mutual understanding through multilateral discussions and cultural exchanges between Japanese and overseas youths, to expand the global perspectives of participating youths and to foster a spirit of international cooperation, thereby nurturing youths capable of providing leadership in fields that are becoming increasingly international and assisting the post-Program social contribution activities of participating youths,” said Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

Jan 26, 2014

Prime Minister’s Visit to India

January 25, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo visited the Republic of India and held talks with H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, and held a signing ceremony for a joint statement. Prime Minister On the next morning, Prime Minister became the first Prime Minister from Japan to review India’s Republic Day Parade as the chief guest. 

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Jan 24, 2014

Foreign Policy Speech by Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio outlined the basic orientation of Japan’s foreign policy at the 186th Session of the Diet.


Full text:http://www.mofa.go.jp/fp/pp/page18e_000037.html

Jan 22, 2014

PM Abe’s Speech At Davos Meeting

“Pundits used to say that Japan was at dusk, or the land of the setting sun. They said that for a country as mature as Japan, growth would be impossible. These arguments were made to sound almost legitimate. You can see what Japan’s psyche was like before I took office as Prime Minister.

“Hardly can you hear any such voices now. Our growth rate has changed dramatically, from negative growth to positive. In six years’ time, the Olympics and the Paralympics will come to Tokyo. People are now more vibrant and upbeat. It is not twilight, but a new dawn that is breaking over Japan.” 

And Prime Minster closed his speech saying, “Japan has sworn an oath never again to wage a war. We have never stopped and will continue to be wishing for the world to be at peace. It is my fervent hope that, through Abenomics, we can create a vibrant Japan that can bring about peace and prosperity in the region, and in the world.”


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Jan 22, 2014

“Getting Back a Beautiful Syria”

Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio attended the International Conference on Syria (the Geneva II Conference). Minister stated that Minister Kishida said he believes the ultimate goal of the conference to “get back a beautiful Syria” and appealed for an immediate cessation of violence. In addition to humanitarian assistance amounting to some 280 million U.S. dollars that has been extended to Syria, including aid to neighboring countries, Japan plans to provide additional assistance worth 120 million dollars in total, he said. He also pledged Japanese efforts to build confidence among parties that agree to the Geneva Communiqué in order to facilitate its implementation, including the establishment of a transitional governing body. 


Related Link: Speech by Minister at the Geneva II Conference 


Jan 22, 2014

Japan EU Foreign Ministers’ Meeting 

Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio held a meeting with Ms. Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission. Minister Kishida said that Japan and the EU closely collaborated on various issues including Iran’s nuclear program last year, and Japan continues to work closely with the EU to tackle international challenges. He also expressed his will to work on steady implementation of what both sides agreed at the last Japan-EU Summit, including cooperation for early conclusion of a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). In response, High Representative Ashton said that the EU would like to continue close cooperation on various agendas with Japan.

Related Link:http://www.mofa.go.jp/erp/ep/page18e_000039.html

Jan 21, 2014

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo received a courtesy call from the Hon. Marco Rubio, United States Senator and Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee.

Jan 21, 2014

Headquarters for Japan’s Economic Revitalization

“The world demands further progress on structural reforms in Japan. In order to meet expectations at home and abroad for ‘the sustainable growth of the Japanese economy even while the population shrinks,’ we must carry out fundamental structural reforms,” said Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. 

Following the approval of the Japan Revitalization Strategy in June of last year, Abe Cabinet immediately passed nine bills related to the Growth Strategy in the extraordinary session of the Diet. 

“During ‘the Diet to Realize a Positive Cycle’ that will go into session from next week, we will submit around 30 bills related to the Growth Strategy, far exceeding the number submitted during the extraordinary Diet session.”


Related Link: Japan Revitalization Strategy -JAPAN is BACK- 


Jan 20, 2014

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo received a courtesy call from a delegation of legislators participating in the U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program.