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Jan 20, 2014

Industrial Competitiveness Council

“I would like to develop a world-leading enabling environment for the workforce and companies. We will work towards fully unlocking the potential of women and reforming the work style of Japanese people. Furthermore, we will attract talent, goods, and money from around the world, and advance globalization within Japan, ” said Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

Jan 20, 2014

Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation Policy

Japan will contribute even more actively to securing the peace, stability and prosperity of the international community as a “Pro-active Contributor to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation, said Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio at “Dialogue with Foreign Minister Kishida” held by Nagasaki University.

Full text: http://www.mofa.go.jp/dns/ac_d/page18e_000041.html

Jan 17, 2014

Japan as a Tourism-Oriented Country

The number of annual international visitors to Japan reached 10 million people for the first time in history in 2013.

“Japan has obtained the excellent opportunity of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Tokyo Games. Using this as a source of momentum, we will work to achieve the lofty target of 20 million international visitors by 2020,” said Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said at the meeting of the Ministerial Council on the Promotion of Japan as a Tourism-Oriented Country.


Related Link:https://www.mlit.go.jp/kankocho/en/index.html

Jan 17, 2014

No revitalization of Japan without the reconstruction of the disaster area, Prime Minister Abe said at the meeting of the Reconstruction Promotion Council.

“I have been visiting the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake every month, adopting a hands-on approach. Through my visits, I have seen firsthand that reconstruction has made steady strides, observing the smiles on the faces of families who have moved into public housing for disaster-stricken households as well as the vast stretches of green fields in areas where farming has resumed. […] At the same time, although it will soon be three years since the earthquake, more than 270,000 people are still spending this winter at their evacuation locations.”

Jan 17, 2014

National Traffic Safety Campaign

“The Government will do its utmost to realize one of the safest road traffic conditions in the world,” Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said at the Central Meeting of the National Traffic Safety Campaign, The number of traffic accident fatalities last year decreased to 4,373, staying at the 4,000 range for the fifth consecutive year and decreasing for the 13th consecutive year.

Jan 17, 2014

Monthly Economic Report says “The Japanese economy is recovering at a moderate pace.”

On prospects for the economy, it states “The economy is expected to be on a recovery trend as household income and business investment increase, while exports move toward picking up and the effects of the policies support. However, slowing down of overseas economies is still downside risk of the Japanese economy. A last-minute rise in demand before a consumption tax increase and subsequent negative reaction are expected.”

Jan 16, 2014


Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio held a telephone talk with H.E. Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany. Both ministers shared the view that as global players, Japan and Germany will work closely together to deal with various challenges, including those in the security areas.

Jan 13, 2014

Japan’s Diplomacy towards Africa: Strengthening Each Individual, One by One

“Japan will carry out each and every one of the commitments made at TICAD V (which was held in Yokohama, June 2013) without fail.”

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo visited the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Also PM said, “We will center the axis of Japan’s diplomacy towards Africa on two groups: young people, who will without a doubt shoulder the responsibility for the future Africa, and women, who will give life to Africa’s future generations.”


Related Link: TICAD V


Jan 12, 2014

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo visited the Republic of Mozambique.

Jan 10, 2014

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo visited the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.