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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

February 1, 2017 (PM)

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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]


REPORTER: I have a question concerning U.S. bases in Okinawa. Governor Onaga of Okinawa Prefecture is currently visiting the United States, where he has stated that he will use the authority of Okinawa Prefecture to ensure that the base relocation issue cannot be easily advanced. What is the view of the Government concerning Governor Onaga’s stance, given the recent ruling of the Supreme Court?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: As I have said before, Japan is a country based on the rule of law, and in its recent ruling the Supreme Court accepted in their entirety the arguments presented by the Government. Okinawa Prefecture has previously agreed to comply with the ruling of the courts and make efforts based on the ruling. Although I cannot say what the Governor’s thinking is on this matter, I expect that Okinawa Prefecture will comply with the ruling of the court. As the court’s ruling has been confirmed, the Government seeks to move forward with construction work relating to relocation to Henoko, ensuring that due care is taken to ensure the safety of the work and paying the utmost attention to the local living environment and natural environment, based on relevant laws and ordinances.

REPORTER: I have a question concerning President Trump’s comments regarding currency markets. You have stated previously, such as the time last year when the yen appreciated rapidly, that the Government will closely monitor the currency markets for excessive one-sided fluctuations and take firm response measures. Some people believe that President Trump’s criticism of yen depreciation will make it difficult for Japan to take crisis management responses with regard to the currency markets or will face constraints. What is your view?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: I do not think that is the case at all. There is absolutely no change to the Government of Japan’s concept of continuing to monitor fluctuations in the currency markets closely and to respond if necessary. However, I believe it to be extremely important for Japan and the United States to engage in close communication concerning the economy and trade, including matters relating to the currency markets.

REPORTER: You have just stated that Japan and the United States should engage in close communication, so do you think that the upcoming Japan-U.S. summit meeting should be such a forum for communication?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: I expect that matters relating to security and the economy will be discussed at the summit meeting. In any event, it is of the utmost importance to maintain close communication with the United States on matters relating to the economy and trade.


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