INTERVIEW: Japan's New Foreign Chief Stresses Inclusivity, Strength


Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)--Japan's new Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi has cited two keywords, inclusivity and strength, in pushing forward with his diplomatic policy, in an interview with Jiji Press and other media organizations.

Motegi said he will put priority on such areas as issues related to North Korea and Japan's negotiations with Russia on their longstanding territorial row and the conclusion of a bilateral peace treaty.

"I'd like to deal with our country's diplomatic challenges with inclusivity and strength in order to further promote Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's comprehensive diplomacy," said Motegi, who took up his current post in a cabinet reshuffle earlier this month. Before the shake-up, Motegi served as economic revitalization minister.

"Japan will show its leadership and act in a resolute manner" as needed, the new foreign minister said.

Motegi expressed hopes to "take new steps" by concentrating on six important areas--further strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance, handling North Korea issues, coping with matters related to other neighboring countries such as China, South Korea and Russia, dealing with growing tensions in the Middle East, promoting economic diplomacy, and tackling global challenges.

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