Press Conference

Press Conference by the Defense Minister Eto(08:38-08:40 A.M. October 14, 2014)

Press Conference by the Defense Minister
Time & Date: 08:38-08:40 A.M. October 14, 2014
Place: Entrance to 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:
A bilateral meeting with the Australian Minister for Defence was announced to be held on Thursday this week. What is the aim of the meeting?

Minister:
I will discuss the ways to actively enhance the Japan-Australia defense cooperation with Minister for Defence David Johnston. That will be the main purpose of the meeting.

Question:
A press report says that Australia is considering introducing Japanese submarines. Will that be discussed?

Minister:
No agenda items have been determined yet. We will announce them as soon as we can.

Question:
I have a question about the Cabinet decision on application standards of the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets. There were concerns even within the Liberal Democratic Party that the right to know would be infringed on or that there was room for arbitrary application of the Act. Could you comment on such concerns?

Minister:
Personally, I believe that they will not be an issue. I suppose that the Chief Cabinet Secretary will make an announcement on it. I would appreciate if you could ask him for further detail.

Question:
According to a press report, an administrative vice-minister-level meeting by the defense authorities of Japan and the Republic of Korea will be held at the end of this month. Could you tell us how it is advancing?

Minister:
Although I am informed of it, I have not received a definite report yet.

Question:
I am sorry for going back to the subject of the bilateral meeting with Australia. What kind of subject do you hope to discuss upon the interim report of the Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation?

Minister:
No matter what subject will be broached in the meeting, I hope that the two sides will act in cooperation .

(End)

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