Press Conference

Press Conference by Defense Minister Ishiba ( 9:43-9:59 A.M. May 30, 2008)

Press Conference by the Defense Minister
Time & Date:9:43-9:59 A.M. May 30, 2008
Place: Press Conference Room, Ministry of Defense (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 purpose only)
The original full text is in Japanese.

1. Announcements

None

2. Questions and Answers

Question:
Concerning the dispatch of SDF aircraft for relief operations after the Sichuan earthquake, please let us know the current status of the review by the Government and Ministry of Defense. Some media have reported that the Government has decided not to undertake such a dispatch.

Minister:
In response to the request from the Chinese side for relief supplies such as tents, we are now reviewing the matter in order to provide additional aid. Although various media reports have referred to a possible plan to dispatch SDF aircraft, the Government will not undertake this on this occasion.

Question:
This does not mean that such a plan is postponed, but rather that no SDF aircraft will be used at all for the upcoming additional aid?

Minister:
Your understanding is correct.

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

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