Press Conference

Press Conference by the Defense Minister(09:48-09:52 A.M. June 15, 2010)

Press Conference by the Defense Minister (Doorstepping)
Time & Date: 09:48-09:52 A.M. June 15, 2010
Place: In front of the Cabinet Meeting Room in the House

(This is a provisional translation of an announcement by the Defense Minister and the abstract of the Q&A session at the subsequent press conference for reference purposes only)
The original text is in Japanese.

1. Announcements

None.

2. Questions and Answers

Question:
Concerning the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Miyazaki Prefecture, the headquarter meeting was held yesterday, where the Prime Minister revealed his intention to consider dispatching additional SDF personnel, among other measures. Please tell us about your plan going forward.

Minister:
As we have started outsourcing disinfecting operations to the private sector, we will relocate the personnel dispatched for that purpose to burying operations, which will have a total of 120 personnel available, by dispatching an additional 60 people from today. Although we have made such a decision in a business like or administrative way, listening to some advice from the site, I'm still thinking that it will be much better to dispatch more personnel through the discussions during the headquarters meeting yesterday. So I intend to visit the sites in Miyazaki Prefecture tomorrow or the day after tomorrow and to decide for myself in order to make our supporting posture much more secure, although the plan is not yet definite.

Question:
In your press conference upon your reappointment as Minister, you revealed that the Prime Minister had instructed to grapple with PKO and other overseas missions more positively. Could you tell us what direction you will be considering, including specific missions such as in Sudan?

Minister:
This has been one of the major issues since the then Hatoyama Administration. We are not assuming specific places or anything else, but have been considering equally these various issues such as replenishment activities and the situation in Cyprus and so on. Anyway, our basic policy is to grapple with PKO missions positively.

Question:
Given the election schedule, it seems to be about the time to decide on what to do with Sudan. What is the time schedule like on this matter?

Minister:
We aren't especially considering Sudan as suggested by the question.

(For the remainder of the press conference, please refer to the Japanese version.)

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