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Japanese PM

Asked to give journalists a flavour of what was on the agenda of the Prime Minister’s meeting with his Japanese counterpart, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that it would be a wide-ranging discussion, being their first conversation since the new Japanese Prime Minister took over.  It would focus on the following points in particular: proliferation, where North Korea was an obvious concern for Japan, but also Iran; Iraq and Afghanistan where that Japanese were committed supporters of international action; climate change where Japan had played its role in Kyoto, and as G8 chair in 2008 Japan will receive the report of the Gleneagles dialogue and take forward its recommendations; and the bilateral relationship.  Asked for the British government’s position on Japan’s new ‘assertive foreign policy’ particularly related to North Korea, the PMOS replied that he was not the spokesman for the Japanese Prime Minister.

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