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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

November 24, 2015 (PM)

Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]



REPORTER: Former President Kim Young-sam of the Republic of Korea (ROK) passed away recently. Can you please share the comments of the Government of Japan if you have any? In addition, does the Japanese Government plan to dispatch somebody from the Government to offer condolences to the ROK?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: First of all, we recognize that former President Kim Young-sam contributed significantly to achieving democracy in the ROK, and also contributed to advancing the friendly and cooperative relations between Japan and the ROK. Japan extends its deepest condolences in hearing the news of the passing of the former President, and expresses its sympathy to the late President. Japan would like to send a Government special envoy to the ROK to offer our condolences.


REPORTER: I have a question in connection with the East Asia Summit that was held in Malaysia. With regard to the issue of China’s development of artificial islands in the South China Sea, the Chairman’s Statement that was released contains text, such as, “We took note of the serious concerns expressed by some Leaders” and “We welcomed assurances given by China as expressed by President Xi Jinping during his visit to the United States of America recently that China does not intend to pursue militarization in the South China Sea.” Can you please share your comments?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: First, at the East Asia Summit, lively discussions took place on the issues concerning the South China Sea. The leaders reached a strong consensus that to ensure freedom of navigation, each country must act responsibly in accordance with international law and strictly refrain from actions that give rise to tense relations. The Chairman’s Statement from the East Asia Summit released today reaffirmed the importance of upholding freedom of navigation in and over-flight above the South China Sea. In addition, it included references to serious concerns over recent and ongoing developments in the area. The Government of Japan highly commends the fact that a strong message was incorporated into the Chairman’s Statement.


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