Sunday, August 24, 2014

Prime Minister of Japan’s Schedule July 21-27, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

AM
12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
05:58 Depart from private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo
07:02 Arrive at Three Hundred Golf Club, play golf with friends and secretaries. When asked “What is your mood while playing golf?” Mr. Abe answers “I’m enjoying myself, because spending time this way is the best.”

PM
12:42 Depart from golf course
02:05 Arrive at private residence

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AM
12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
08:00 At private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo (no morning visitors)
08:53 Depart from private residence
09:08 Arrive at LDP Party Headquarters
09:23 Meet with Head of LDP Ehime Chapter Shiozaki Yasuhisa, Governor of Ehime Prefecture Nakamura Tokihiro and colleagues
10:00 End meeting with Mr. Shiozaki, Mr. Nakamura and colleagues
10:01 Depart from LDP Party Headquarters
10:03 Arrive at office
10:05 Headquarters for Healthcare and Medical Strategy Promotion meeting
10:14 Meeting ends
10:22 Cabinet Meeting begins
10:31 Cabinet Meeting ends
10:41 Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy meeting
11:49 Meeting ends
11:50 Meet with former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Matoba Junzo

PM
12:06 End meeting with Mr. Matoba
12:07 Lunch meeting with Chief of Staff for Joint Staff Council Iwasaki Shigeru, Ministry of Defense (MOD)’s Vice-Chief of Joint Staff Iwata Kiyofumi, Chief of Maritime Staff Kawano Katsutoshi, and Chief of Staff for Air Self-Defense Force Saito Harukazu
01:02 Lunch meeting ends
01:03 Speak with incoming Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Oishi Toshio and outgoing Vice-Minister Okazaki Hiromi
01:09 Finish speaking with Mr. Oishi and Mr. Okazaki
02:13 Certificate of Appreciation Presentation Ceremony for Komura Masahiko and his colleagues in recognition of their assistance in saving another’s life
02:24 Ceremony closes
02:25 Ambassador to China Kitera Masato, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Saiki Akitaka and Administrative Vice-Minster for Foreign Affairs Sugiyama Shinsuke enter
02:49 Mr. Sugiyama leaves
03:05 Mr. Kitera and Mr. Saiki leave
03:14 Speak with Kanto Region Chairman of the National Association of Postmasters [Zentoku] Osawa Makoto. LDP Upper House member Tsuge Yoshifumi also attends
03:24 Finish speaking with Mr. Osawa
03:42 Meet with Minister for Foreign Affairs Kishida Fumio, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)’s Mr. Saiki, and Director-General of European Affairs Bureau Hayashi Hajime
04:15 End meeting with Mr. Kishida, Mr. Saiki and Mr. Hayashi
04:16 Meet with Ministry of Finance (MOF)’s Director-General of Budget Bureau Kagawa Shunsuke, Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs Yamasaki Tatsuo, and Director-General of International Bureau Asakawa Masatsugu
04:39 End meeting with Mr. Kagawa, Mr. Yamasaki, and Mr. Asakawa
05:00 Speak with MOFA’s Mr. Saiki and Director-General of Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Ihara Junichi
05:09 Finish speaking with Mr. Saiki and Mr. Ihara
05:45 Phone Conference with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
06:15 Phone Conference ends
06:33 Summit Conference with President of Mongolia Tsakhia Elbegdorj
07:03 Summit Conference ends
07:06 Press release with Kyodo News
07:16 Press release ends
07:18 Depart from office
07:19 Arrive at official residence. Dinner meeting hosted by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo
08:33 See off President Elbegdorj
08:34 Finish seeing off Mr. Elbegdorj
08:35 Meet with Minister in Charge of the Abduction Issue Furuya Keiji, Advisor to Cabinet Office Mitani Hideshi, and Secretary-General of Headquarters for the Abduction Issue Ishikawa Shoichiro
09:35 End meeting with Mr. Furuya, Mr. Mitani and Mr. Ishikawa

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AM
12:00 At official residence (no visitors)
08:00 At official residence (no morning visitors)
08:57 Depart from official residence
09:09 Arrive at JR Tokyo Station
09:20 Depart from station on Asama no. 511
10:09 Arrive at JR Takasaki Station
10:15 Depart from station
10:51 Arrive at Tomioka Silk Mill in Tomioka City, Gunma Prefecture. Reception by Commissioner of Agency for Cultural Affairs Aoyagi Masanori, Governor of Gunma Prefecture Osawa Masaaki, and Mayor of Tomioka City Iwai Kentaro. Try spinning silk, view workers’ lodgings. Informal talk with local volunteers
11:31 Depart from Tomioka Silk Mill
11:47 Arrive at plantation on an organic farm started by Kanra Town Organic Agriculture Association [甘楽町有機農業研究会 : Kanramachi Yukinogyo Kenkyukai] in Kanra Town, Gunma Prefecture. Reception by Mayor of Kanra Town Shigehara Shoichi. Sample tomatoes, try harvesting.

PM
12:08 Interview open to all media: When asked “What were your thoughts while viewing [the organic farm]?” Mr. Abe answers “I want regions to make the best of their own agricultural assets and continue moving toward recovery.”
12:12 Interview ends
12:13 Depart from organic farm
12:52 Arrive at JR Takasaki Station
01:06 Depart from station of Asama no. 524
01:55 Arrive at JR Tokyo Station
02:00 Depart from station
02:13 Arrive at office
02:15 Speak with Lower House member Aisawa Ichiro
02:29 Finish speaking with Mr. Aisawa
02:30 Meet with Senior Advisor to Komatsu, Ltd. Sakane Masahiro
02:59 End meeting with Mr. Sakane
04:30 Interview for NHK program
04:41 Interview ends
04:42 Minister for Foreign Affairs Kishida Fumio, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Saiki Akitaka, MOFA’s Director-General of Foreign Policy Bureau Hiramatsu Kenji and Director-General of European Affairs Bureau Hayashi Hajime enter
05:07 Mr. Saiki, Mr. Hiramatsu, and Mr. Hayashi leave
05:12 Mr. Kishida leaves
05:13 Speak with Director-General of Bureau of Defense Policy Tokuchi Hideshi
05:17 Finish speaking with Mr. Tokuchi
05:18 Speak with incoming Attorney General of Japan Ono Kurao and outgoing Attorney General Ozu Hiroshi
05:33 Finish speaking with Mr. Ono and Mr. Ozu
05:36 Director of Cabinet Intelligence Kitamura Shigeru, Director of National Security Council (NSC) Yachi Shotaro, and Director of Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Shimohira Koji enter
05:54 Mr. Yachi and Mr. Shimohira leave
06:06 Mr. Kitamura leaves
06:07 Speak with MOD’s Director-General of Bureau of Operational Policy Nakajima Akihiko and Chief of Staff for Maritime Self-Defense Force Kawano Katsutoshi
06:17 Finish speaking with Mr. Nakajima and Mr. Kawano
06:35 Phone Conference with President-Elect of Indonesia Joko Widodo
06:45 Phone Conference ends
06:52 Depart from office
06:53 Arrive at official residence. Dinner meeting with LDP Vice-President Komura Masahiko and members of Ruling Coalition on the Development of Security Legislation. Chief Representative of New Komeito Yamaguchi Natsuo and Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide also attend
09:02 Everyone leaves

Thursday, July 24, 2014

AM
12:00 At official residence (no visitors)
08:00 At official residence (no morning visitors)
08:57 Depart from official residence
08:59 Enter Lower House 1st Diet Members’ Meeting Hall, receive dental examination at dentist’s office
09:27 Depart from the hall
09:29 Arrive at office
09:46 Filming for diplomatic relations video message
09:59 Filming ends
10:00 Meet with MOFA’s Director-General of Foreign Policy Bureau Hiramatsu Kenji
10:20 End meeting with Mr. Hiramatsu
10:22 Meet with Administrative Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Sugiyama Shinsuke; Director-General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau Yamada Akira; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Administrative Vice-Minister Harihara Hisao; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Administrative Vice-Minister Ishiguro Norihiko; MOF’s Director-General of International Bureau Asakawa Masatsugu; and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s Director-General for International Affairs Inaba Kazuo. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seko Hiroshige, Senior Vice-Minister of Cabinet Office Nishimura Yasutoshi, and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Kimura Taro also attend
11:50 End meeting with Mr. Sugiyama, Mr. Yamada, Mr. Harihara, Mr. Ishiguro, Mr. Asakawa, and Mr. Inaba

PM
12:04 Meet with LDP Secretary-General Ishiba Shigeru
01:00 End meeting with Mr. Ishiba
01:01 Government Ruling Parties meeting
01:12 Meeting ends
01:43 Depart from office
01:58 Arrive at United Nations University in Jingumae, Tokyo
01:59 Speak with President of UN Development Programme Helen Clark
02:12 Finish speaking with Ms. Clark
02:13 Attend the international announcement for UNDP Human Development Report, deliver address. Report Presentation Ceremony
02:27 Ceremony ends
02:28 Depart from United Nations University
02:41 Arrive at office
02:45 Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization Amari Akira, Vice-Minister of Cabinet Office Matsuyama Kenji, and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Director-General of Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau Sugahara Ikuro enter
02:52 Mr. Matsuyama leaves
03:04 Mr. Amari and Mr. Sugahara leave
03:11 Receive courtesy call from Nemoto City Ritsu Habomai Junior High School 3rd-year student Nakajima Kyosuke and other junior high school students with Northern Territories Youth Cultural Exchange Service [北方少年交流事業: Hoppo Shonen Koryu Jigyo]
03:20 Courtesy call ends
03:31 Presentation of Fukushima Prefecture-Grown Vegetables with Governor of Fukushima Prefecture Sato Yuhei
03:36 Presentation ends
03:45 Meet with Director of Cabinet Intelligence Kitamura Shigeru
04:15 End meeting with Mr. Kitamura
05:07 NSC meeting, attended by Minister of Economy Trade and Industry Motegi Toshimitsu
05:29 NSC meeting ends
05:30 Meet with former Lower House Vice-Speaker Eto Seishiro
05:53 Finish speaking with Mr. Eto
05:55 Speak with LDP Headquarters for North Korean Abductions Chairman Yamatani Eriko and Secretary-General Tsukada Ichiro
06:08 Finish speaking with Ms. Yamatani and Mr. Tsukada
06:20 Depart from office
06:31 Arrive at Keidanren (Federation of Economic Organizations) Assembly Hall in Otemachi, Tokyo. Attend Keidanren Summer Forum, deliver address
07:03 Depart from assembly hall
07:13 Arrive at LDP Party Headquarters. Attend National Women Diet Members’ Political Investigative Committee [全国女性議員政策研究会の懇親会: Zenkoku Josei Giin Seisaku Kenkyukai no Konshinkai], give address. Take commemorative photo
07:35 Depart from party headquarters
07:38 Arrive at The Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Nagata-cho, Tokyo. Have dinner with secretaries at restaurant ORIGAMI in hotel
08:43 Depart from hotel
09:01 Arrive at private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo

Friday, July 25, 2014

AM
12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
08:00 At private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo (no morning visitors)
08:37 Depart from private residence
08:53 Arrive at office
08:54 Speak with Minister of State for Gender Equality Mori Masako
09:06 Finish speaking with Ms. Mori
09:11 Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy meeting
09:32 Meeting ends
09:46 Headquarters for Japan’s Economic Revitalization meeting
09:57 Meeting ends
10:01 Cabinet Meeting begins
10:25 Cabinet Meeting ends
10:32 Speak with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Aso Taro
10:41 Finish speaking with Mr. Aso
10:56 Interview open to all media: When asked “What is the goal of your tour to Central and South America?” Mr. Abe answers “I want to move toward strengthening Japan’s relationship with Central and South America, tapping into the limitless potential [for the relationship] that has remained hidden.”
10:59 Interview ends
11:00 Depart from office
11:19 Arrive at Haneda Airport
11:41 Depart from airport on private government aircraft with wife Akie for tour of 5 Central and South American countries including Mexico

PM
01:00 Phone Conference with Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott while aboard aircraft
01:15 Phone Conference ends

AM
(Local time in Mexico)
Arrive at Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport
Summit Conference with President of United Mexican States Enrique Peña Nieto

PM
(Local time in Mexico)
Agreement Signing Ceremony with President Peña Nieto at the National Palace [Palacio Nacional], and Joint Press Conference
Lunch meeting hosted by President Peña Nieto and his wife
Attend Japan-Mexico Economic Commission at Marriott Hotel and deliver address. Mr. Peña Nieto also attends

Saturday, July 26, 2014

AM
(Local time in Mexico)
View National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City with wife Akie
Travel by helicopter to ruins of Teotihuacán on the outskirts of Mexico City, view ruins with President Peña Nieto and his wife
When asked “This is where former Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro spoke of postal privatization, but today, of what have you spoken?” Mr. Abe answers “I have spoken of ridding [Japan] of deflation and of [pursing] regional restoration. If we wish to reach the top [of the pyramid] it will come to be, so I want to make [these things of which I have spoken] certain.”

PM
(Local time in Mexico)
Informal talk with leaders of Japanese-Mexicans’ group Japan-Mexico Association at Nichiboku Kaikan [日墨会館] in Mexico City
Attend Reception Commemorating Prime Minister Abe’s Visit, and deliver address

Sunday, July 27, 2014

AM
(Local time in Mexico)
Depart from Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport

PM
(Local time in Trinidad and Tobago)
Arrive at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and Tobago
Conference with Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar at Diplomatic Center in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Conference with Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne at Hilton Hotel
Continue conference with addition of Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson-Miller
Reception dinner hosted by Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar at Diplomatic Center

Provisional Translation by: 
Erin M. Jones

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