Press Conference

Press Conference by the Defense Minister (08:42-08:43 A.M. January 20, 2009)

Press Conference by the Defense Minister (Doorstepping)
Time & Date: 08:42-08:43 A.M. January 20, 2009
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 purpose only)
The original full text is in Japanese.

1. Announcements


2. Questions and Answers

Measures against piracy will be discussed today by the ruling parties’ project team. Prime Minister Taro Aso has already shown his intention that he would like to give his instructions immediately after the project team comes up with a conclusion. Do you have the same idea at the moment?

I have not yet presented the result of our review to the Prime Minister after he gave his instructions for the reviews, and I would like to bring our reviews to a conclusion in consideration of today’s discussion by the project team.

Do you have a specific timeframe for giving instructions for preparations for the dispatch of the MSDF?

We have not yet reached that stage.