Prime Minister Kan’s first foreign visit to Vietnam and Indonesia October 18 at 3:18 p.m.
Prime Minister Kan left Haneda Airport in the afternoon of August 18 to visit Vietnam and Indonesia for his first foreign visit since taking office. Prior to this, Prime Minister Naoto Kan expressed his willingness to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and said, “I would like to show both inside and outside the country Japan’s determination to contribute to the peace and prosperity of the region.”
As his first foreign visit since taking office, Prime Minister Kan will visit Vietnam and Indonesia from 18 to 4 days, attend summit meetings with Vietnamese Prime Minister Hook and Indonesian President Joko, as well as give policy speeches on the ASEAN-Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Prime Minister Kan left Haneda Airport for his first visit to Vietnam on a government plane with his wife Mariko just after 2:30 p.m. on the 18th.
Prior to this, Prime Minister Naoto Kan told reporters at Haneda Airport, “We would like to discuss carefully with the two leaders about the development of relations between the two countries and ASEAN, and build a relationship of trust. ASEAN is a very important partner for the realization of the free and open Indo-Pacific that Japan is promoting, and Japan wants to show its determination to contribute to the peace and prosperity of the region both inside and outside the country.”
This is the first time that the Prime Minister has visited a foreign country after the spread of the new coronavirus, and the government has decided to narrow down the number of staff who will accompany him and to thoroughly prevent the infection, including by conducting virus tests when he leaves and returns to Japan, including Prime Minister Kan.