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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

April 20, 2017 (PM)

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Simultaneous interpretation services for this video are provided by a third party.

Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]


REPORTER: According to some news reports, Japan Post is considering a writedown on the Australian logistics company it acquired in 2015, Toll Holdings. The loss is expected to reach several hundred billion yen. On the market, stock prices fell sharply in reaction to these reports. Can you tell us what the Government knows if anything?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: We are aware of the news reports. However, this is a matter concerning the business management of Japan Post, and the Government would like to refrain from making comments as Japan Post has not made a formal announcement.  

REPORTER: I have a question regarding North Korea's Man Gyong Bong. It has been reported that Man Gyong Bong, which is banned from entering Japanese ports, will launch a regular link between North Korea and Russia in early May. What does the Japanese Government think about these developments?  

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: As this concerns operations between other countries, we believe that the Government of Japan should not comment on this matter.

REPORTER: I have a related question. The international community, including both Japan and the United States, is currently stepping up its pressure on North Korea. Against this backdrop, I imagine that the launch of the regular link may spoil international cooperation. What is the view of the Government in this regard? 

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: First of all, with regard to dealing with North Korea, we view that China and Russia have important roles to play as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and members of the Six-Party Talks. In addition, we consider that with North Korea, dialogue for the purpose of dialogue is absolutely meaningless, and we must apply pressure to ensure that North Korea takes the dialogue seriously. In any case, Japan will continue to strongly urge North Korea to refrain from provocative actions and comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions, while working closely with the countries concerned including Russia.

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