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MOFA starts webcasting FM Motegi’s press conferences

  • April 18, 2020
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei
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The Saturday edition of Nikkei and the Sunday edition of Yomiuri reported that MOFA began broadcasting Foreign Minister Motegi’s daily press conferences online on Friday. Yomiuri wrote that the foreign minister’s press briefings will be webcast on MOFA’s official Twitter account with simultaneous interpretation into English. The daily said the move is aimed at enhancing information dissemination following criticism from overseas of the Japanese government’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Diamond Princess. According to Yomiuri, this is the first time for press conferences by a cabinet minister to be broadcast online with simultaneous interpretation. The webcasts are expected to continue even after the COVID-19 outbreak is contained in order to disseminate information on Japan’s foreign policy and MOFA’s efforts.

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