Press Conference

Press Conference by the Defense Minister(11:57-12:02 A.M. June 29, 2010)

Press Conference by the Defense Minister
Time & Date: 11:57-12:02 A.M. June 29, 2010
Place: 1st Floor Lobby of Building A, MOD

(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


2. Questions and Answers

Concerning the PKO mission to Sudan, I heard a ministerial meeting was held again this morning to discuss dispatching a unit from the Ground Self-Defense Force. What kinds of opinions were exchanged today?

I cannot tell you whether we had such a discussion today. That said, while we are aware of the requests from the United Nations about Sudan, we have been studying every possible option from the perspective of international contributions. As we aren't especially focusing on the Sudan issue, we have no plan to do anything on this right now.. But when it comes to dispatching a unit of the SDF to Sudan, we will have to do so within a limited time. On the other hand, since we aren't nowng ready for deeper discussions, I believe it would be quite difficult for us to dispatch an SDF unit within the requested time.

The Chief Cabinet Secretary said at the press conference today that a decision should be made within a week or so.

He said something like that, didn't he? I agree with him about that schedule.

Next, Prime Minister Kan and U.S. President Obama met for the first time yesterday, and likely confirmed that the relocation of Futenma Air Station should be carried out in accordance with the (recent) Japan-U.S. Agreement. What is your opinion of this meeting?

Prime Minister Kan said that Japan will faithfully implement the Japan-U.S. Agreement, and also made it clear in an earnest manner that the United States' cooperation is needed in consideration of relations with Okinawa. Their meeting was very short, but I think it was highly fruitful.

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