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Gist of FM Kishida’s foreign policy speech, Feb. 12

  • 2015-02-13 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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(Sankei: February 13, 2015 – p. 5)

 

 Counterterrorism

 

 Japan will never give in to terrorism. In light of the hostage taking incident, we alerted Japanese national overseas, strengthened contact with Japanese schools, and issued travel advisories. We launched a team to study effective ways to ensure safety which will compile concrete measures as soon as possible. We will provide as much nonmilitary aid as possible to the moderate Islamic countries that are working to stop the extremist tendencies.

 

 70th anniversary of end of World War II

 

 This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the historic 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Based on its remorse for the past war, Japan has been committed to such basic values as freedom, democracy, and rule of law. It will persist on the path of a peace-loving country and make proactive contributions to peace. It is prepared to take up the responsibilities of a permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

 

 Security environment

 

 Japan is facing an increasingly harsh security environment. It is necessary to develop seamless security legislation to protect the people’s life and peaceful livelihood.

 

 Japan-U.S. relations

 

 We will continue to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance. The Defense Cooperation Guidelines will be reviewed to promote cooperation in broad areas, in order to further improve deterrence. The important issue with regard to the U.S. forces’ Futenma Air Station is to remove the danger it poses. We will work for relocation as soon as possible.

 

 Relations with China, the ROK

 

 The Japan-China relationship is one of Japan’s most important bilateral relationships. We will develop this relationship from a broad perspective by returning to the starting point of a mutually beneficial strategic relationship.

 

 We would like to build a future-oriented multi-tiered relationship with the ROK. With regard to Takeshima, which is an integral part of Japanese territory, we will persist in conveying our position and persevere in dealing with this issue.

 

 Japan-Russia relations

 

 We will engage in dialogue steadily, including with regard to President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Japan. We will also persevere in negotiations on the Northern Territories. We will ask Russia to play a constructive role for a peaceful solution to the Ukraine situation.

 

 Relations with North Korea

 

 The development of nuclear arms and missiles poses a serious threat to the international community. We demand that North Korea fulfill its obligations under the UNSC resolutions. We will exert all possible effort to make sure that North Korea’s reinvestigation will result in the repatriation of all abduction victims.

 

 Official Development Assistance (ODA)

 

 ODA will be used strategically for positive contribution to peace and stability of the international community.

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