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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

Friday, February 14, 2014 (PM)

Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]

Opening Statement by Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga

The Prime Minister's visit to Fukushima Prefecture, which was scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed due to bad weather. We will reschedule the visit and inform you of the details at a later time.


  • The issues related to Japan- Republic of Korea relations


REPORTER: I would like to ask a question in relation to Japan-Republic of Korea (ROK) relations. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the ROK yesterday and held a press conference, during which he stated that Japan and the ROK must overcome historical issues and build a stronger relations. What are your thoughts on the prospect for improvement in the currently stagnated relations between Japan and the ROK?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: I have shared the stance of the Cabinet with you all on numerous occasions at these press conferences. Our stance is very clear. The Prime Minister has frequently stated that Japan's door is always open to dialogue and Japan will continue to make persistent efforts to build a cooperative relations with the ROK from a broad perspective. There has been absolutely no change in this stance.

REPORTER: I would like to ask another question. There exist a number of difficult issues between Japan and the ROK, including the forced labor and comfort women issues. President Obama will tour Asia in April and will visit the ROK after visiting Japan. Do you think the fact that President Obama is visiting both countries will be a catalyst for change?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: Both countries have their respective positions and the Government's stance is to address the matter from a broad perspective, respecting each other's positions, and always keeping our door to dialogue open. We will continue to seek understanding for this from the ROK as well and maintain communication via diplomatic routes.


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