Press Conference

Press Conference by the Defense Minister Eto(08:27-08:29 A.M. October 3, 2014)

Press Conference by the Defense Minister
Time & Date: 08:27-08:29 A.M. October 3, 2014
Place: Entrance to the Prime Minister's Office
(This is a provisional translation of an announcement by the Defense Minister and 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:
Did you make any remarks at the Cabinet meeting today?

Minister:
No, I did not.

Question:
I would like to ask you a question about the activities of the SDF at Mt. Ontake. What is the future prospect of the SDF's disaster relief operations?

Minister:
We will continue the search and do our best to find the disaster victims as soon as possible. We were preparing to send around 330 personnel, 90 vehicles, and 15 helicopters today. However, disaster response headquarters of Nagano Prefecture made a decision at 4:55 A.M. to suspend today's operations due to severe weather conditions. Personally, I pray that there will be no secondary disaster resulting from landslides and so on as it rains heavily. Furthermore, I expect missing people to be found through our utmost efforts without further delay.

Question:
Minister, I would like to confirm if you are planning to visit the disaster hit zones or local municipalities?

Minister:
It depends on the situation of the Diet sessions. This is a matter to be handled primarily by the Minister of State for Disaster Management. What I have to do is to take sound backup measures.

Question:
I have a question on the Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation. Could you tell us the schedule you have in mind for the release of the interim report?

Minister:
We are currently making coordination on that point with the U.S. side and associated ministries. As I have been repeatedly stating, we will release the interim report at an appropriate timing based on the agreement reached at the "2+2" meeting with the U.S. side.

Question:
A press report says that an Osprey lost power after its takeoff for anti-ISIS operations.

Minister:
I was reported on it and that it landed safely aboard.

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