The US special envoy on North Korea, assistant Secretary of state Stephen began arrived on Thursday in Tokyo after a trip to Seoul, where he discussed the issues related to the situation around the DPRK, said the Agency Kyodo.
According to him, began already met over dinner with Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan by Takeo Akiba, do, presumably, discussed the situation in connection with the adoption in China of a law on national security of Hong Kong. Japan acceded to the concerns of Western countries regarding human rights in the former British colony.
Japan will continue negotiations with Russia to solve the territorial problem and conclude a peace Treaty, therefore, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan, Toshimitsu Motegi at a press conference commented on the journalist's question about the reaction of Tokyo to the adoption of the amendments to the Constitution, prohibiting the alienation of the territories of Russia, and installation of stone slabs with the text of the relevant amendment in Yuzhno-Kurilsk.
Relations between Russia and Japan for many years overshadows the absence of a peace Treaty. In 1956 the USSR and Japan signed a Joint Declaration in which Moscow has agreed to consider the possibility of transfer of Japan of the Kuril Islands Habomai and Shikotan after the conclusion of a peace Treaty, and the fate of Kunashir and Iturup are not affected. The USSR hoped that the Joint Declaration will put an end to the dispute, Japan believed the document only part of the solution, not abandoning claims to all the Islands.
The Japanese government regrets the adoption in China of the national security law on Hong Kong, describing it as undermining confidence in the principle of "one country, two systems", it said in a statement on Tuesday the statement of the foreign Ministry of Japan, Toshimitsu Motegi.
"The international community has built with Hong Kong connections based on trust to the principle of "one country, two systems" at the Sino-British joint Declaration of 1984, and this has led to the prosperity of Hong Kong. The adoption of the law (on national security Hong Kong - ed.) undermines that trust," - said the Minister.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan, Toshimitsu Motegi, answering a journalist's question about the possible impact of Japan's refusal of the accommodation on its territory the U.S. missile defense system Aegis Ashore to negotiate with the Russian Federation stated that it refrains from comment, as his words may have influence on the negotiation process itself.
"The negotiations with Russia, this issue involves the content of the negotiations themselves and my statement here may have an impact on the negotiations, so I would like to refrain from that, how exactly are we going to talk about it, in which direction to go," said the Minister, noting that relations with the U.S. the failure would have no effect.
The Japanese Minister of foreign Affairs of tosimitsu Motegi at the meeting of the parliamentary Committee on Okinawa and Northern territories (so in Japan called the southern Kuril Islands of Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and Habomai) stated that during a telephone conversation with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to tell him that waiting for his visit to Japan, when the situation with coronavirus calm down.
"Now we can't meet physically, but I said to foreign Minister Lavrov that, when the situation (with coronavirus) calm down, I wish he came to Japan," said Motegi.
The decision of Tokyo to abandon the plan to deploy American ground-based missile defense system Aegis Ashore will have no impact on the relations between Japan and the United States, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan, Toshimitsu Motegi, speaking at a meeting of the Committee on security.
"In a situation of aggravation of the situation around security thanks to our cooperation with the US, which is our ally, a structure has been created without flaws. I do not think that this decision will have an impact on various types of cooperation with the US, but still we will be in close cooperation with the United States and to strengthen deterrent and response of the Japan-us Alliance", - quotes the words of the Minister of TV channel NHK.
Japan attaches great importance to the bilateral summit talks with Russia and intends to promote cooperation between the two countries, including for the conclusion of a peace Treaty, said Tuesday the head of the Japanese foreign Ministry Toshimitsu Motegi.
"For the promotion of overall relations with Russia, including negotiations on a peace agreement, I think, extremely important the implementation of summits between Japan and Russia, such as had meetings at the highest level in Nagato and Singapore," said Motegi, answering questions in the Committee on foreign policy and defense of the upper house of the Japanese Parliament.
The government of Japan is preparing for the resumption in mid-June of working contacts with Russia via video link at the level of Deputy foreign Ministers of the two countries, interrupted in connection with the pandemic of the mers, said the Agency Kyodo, citing sources in diplomatic circles.
According to Agency sources, the Japanese side in the consultations would like to return to discussion of various projects within the framework of joint economic activities on southern Kuriles, and also address the question of a possible visit of the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov to Japan. Consultations can take Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Morgulov and Deputy foreign Minister of Japan Takeo Mori.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov discussed by telephone with a Japanese colleague, Toshimitsu Motegi combat COVID-19, after the pandemic had agreed to start implementing the year of Russian-Japanese exchanges, said the foreign Ministry.
It is noted that after overcoming the pandemic agreed to start implementing a large-scale project – the year of Russian-Japanese inter-regional and sister city exchanges aimed at strengthening good neighborly relations and deepening our multifaceted ties between the two peoples.