Thursday, May 28, 2015

Prime Minister of Japan’s Schedule January 12-18, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

AM
12:00 At holiday home (no visitors)
10:00 At holiday home in Narusawa Village, Yamanashi Prefecture (no morning visitors)
10:11 Depart from holiday home
11:29 Arrive at official residence

PM
12:26 Depart from official residence
12:27 Arrive at office
12:37 Meet with Minister of Finance Aso Taro, Ministry of Finance (MOF)’s Vice-Minister Kagawa Shunsuke, and Director-General of Budget Bureau Tanaka Kazuho
12:58 End meeting with Mr. Aso, Mr. Kagawa, and Mr. Tanaka
01:04 Meeting of the Government and Ruling Parties
01:17 Meeting ends
01:24 Depart from office
01:25 Arrive at ramen shop Shinamen Hashigo Akasaka location in Akasaka, Tokyo. Lunch with secretaries
01:46 Depart from ramen shop
01:52 Arrive at Jikei University Hospital in Nishi-Shinbashi, Tokyo. Visit relative in hospital
02:20 Depart from hospital
02:38 Arrive at private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
AM
12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
08:00 At private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo (no morning visitors)
09:11 Depart from private residence
09:26 Arrive at LDP Party Headquarters
09:35 LDP Officers Meeting
09:56 Meeting ends
09:58 Depart from LDP Party Headquarters
10:00 Arrive at office
10:03 Council for Science, Technology and Innovation meeting
10:21 Council meeting ends
10:25 Cabinet Meeting begins
10:32 Cabinet Meeting ends
10:34 Headquarters for Promotion of Social Security Reform meeting
10:49 Meeting ends

PM
12:04 Panel Discussion with Managers of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises. Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Miyazawa Yoichi also attends
01:08 Discussion ends
01:56 Meet with Minister in charge of Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy in Japan Ishiba Shigeru and State Minister of Cabinet Office Taira Masaaki
02:47 End meeting with Mr. Ishiba and Mr. Taira
02:48 Speak with Minister of Defense Nakatani Gen and Ministry of Defense (MOD)’s Director-General of Bureau of Defense Policy Kuroe Tetsuro
03:02 Finish speaking with Mr. Nakatani and Mr. Kuroe
03:16 Meet with Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Saiki Akitaka
04:02 End meeting with Mr. Saiki
04:03 Director of National Security Council (NSC) Yachi Shotaro, Director of Cabinet Intelligence Kitamura Shigeru, National Policy Agency’s Director of Security Bureau Takahashi Kiyotaka, and Deputy Director-General of Public Security Intelligence Agency Kojima Yoshiharu enter
04:16 Mr. Yachi, Mr. Takahashi, and Mr. Kojima leave
04:34 Mr. Kitamura leaves
04:56 Meet with Chairman of Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren) Sakakibara Sadayuki
05:15 End meeting with Mr. Sakakibara
05:38 Meet with Governor of Tokyo Prefecture Masuzoe Yoichi
06:21 End meeting with Mr. Masuzoe
06:30 Depart from office
06:32 Arrive at official residence

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
AM
12:00 At official residence (no visitors)
08:00 At official residence (no morning visitors)
08:48 Depart from official residence
08:49 Arrive at office
09:02 Nine Ministers’ Group of NSC meeting
09:09 Meeting ends
09:26 Extraordinary Session Cabinet Meeting begins
09:35 Cabinet Meeting ends
09:38 Interview open to all media: When told “The 2015 budget has been decided by the Cabinet, but the total amount of the general account is the largest ever,” Mr. Abe answers “The government bond issues sum has been reduced a total of 4.4 trillion yen, the first time in six years that it has been under 40 trillion yen. The sum has been reduced the past 3 years running.”
09:39 Interview ends
09:40 Speak with Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)’s Minister Nishikawa Koya and Vice-Minister Minagawa Yoshitsugu
09:48 Finish speaking with Mr. Nishikawa and Mr. Minagawa
10:33 Meet with Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)’s Vice-Minister Saiki Akitaka and Director-General of International Cooperation Bureau Ishikane Kimihiro
11:07 End meeting with Mr. Saiki and Mr. Ishikane
11:23 Meet with Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)’s Vice-Minister Honda Masaru and Director-General of Civil Aviation Bureau Tamura Akihiko
11:50 End meeting with Mr. Honda and Mr. Tamura
11:56 Depart from office

PM
12:01 Arrive at ANA Intercontinental Hotel Tokyo. Dinner with President of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Miyanaga Shunichi, Chairman of Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company Saito Katsutoshi, and others in banquet hall Libra within hotel
01:06 Depart from hotel
01:10 Arrive at office
01:11 Speak with Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Kimura Taro
01:16 Finish speaking with Mr. Kimura
01:25 Meet with LDP Secretary-General Tanigaki Sadakazu
01:55 End meeting with Mr. Tanigaki
02:00 Meet with Cabinet Advisor Honda Etsuro
02:15 End meeting with Cabinet Advisor Honda
02:34 Depart from office
02:35 Arrive at official residence
02:36 Informal talk with LDP monthly women’s magazine Liburu [りぶる] section author and TV personality Kataoka Tsurutaro
03:29 Finish talking with Mr. Kataoka
03:30 Depart from official residence
03:31 Arrive at office
03:34 Meet with Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)’s Minister Shimomura Hakubun and Vice-Minister Yamanaka Shinichi
04:27 End meeting with Mr. Shimomura and Mr. Yamanaka
04:43 Depart from office
04:55 Arrive at Kansai Telecasting Corporation Tokyo Office in Ginza, Tokyo. Appear on news program
05:32 Depart from Kansai Telecasting Corporation
05:44 Arrive at office
06:01 Meet with Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Nishi Masanori
06:22 End meeting with Mr. Nishi
06:29 Depart from office
06:30 Arrive at official residence

Thursday, January 15, 2015
AM
12:00 At official residence (no visitors)
08:00 At official residence (no morning visitors)
09:23 Depart from official residence
09:25 Arrive at office
09:44 Speak with Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Kimura Taro
09:47 Finish speaking with Mr. Kimura
10:14 Meet with MOFA’s Administrative Vice-Minister Sugiyama Shinsuke; Ambassador in charge of Cultural Exchange Sato Hideo; Director-General of Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau Uemura Tsukasa; Director-General of International Cooperation Bureau Ishikane Kimihiro; MOF’s Director-General of International Bureau Asakawa Masatsugu; Administrative Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Ishiguro Norihiko; and MLIT’s Director-General for International Affairs Inaba Kazuo
11:36 End meeting with Mr. Sugiyama, Mr. Sato, Mr. Uemura, Mr. Ishikane, Mr. Asakawa, Mr. Ishiguro, and Mr. Inaba
11:37 Meet with Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Shiozaki Yasuhisa; Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)’s Director-General of Labour Standards Bureau Okazaki Junichi and Director-General of Health Insurance Bureau Karasawa Takeshi

PM
12:13 End meeting with Mr. Shiozaki, Mr. Okazaki, and Mr. Karasawa
01:00 Meet with Director of NSC Yachi Shotaro
01:25 End meeting with Mr. Yachi
02:04 Filming video message for event related to science and technology
02:11 Finish filming
02:25 Meet with Councillor of Cabinet Secretariat Tanaka Shigehiro; MOFA’s Director-General of Economic Affairs Bureau Saiki Naoko; Mr. Ishiguro; and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)’s Director-General of Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau Munakata Naoko
02:45 End meeting with Mr. Tanaka, Ms. Saiki, Mr. Ishiguro, and Ms. Munakata
03:00 Receive fuel-cell vehicle. Test drive
03:07 Finish test drive
03:15 Meet with MOFA’s Vice-Minister Saiki Akitaka, Administrative Vice-Minister Sugiyama Shinsuke, and Director-General of Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau Uemura Tsukasa
03:50 End meeting with Mr. Saiki, Mr. Sugiyama, and Mr. Uemura
03:59 Meet with Director of Cabinet Intelligence Kitamura Shigeru
04:32 End meeting with Mr. Kitamura
04:33 Meet with MOF’s Vice-Minister Kagawa Shunsuke, Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs Yamasaki Tatsuo, and Mr. Asakawa
04:48 End meeting with Mr. Kagawa, Mr. Yamasaki, and Mr. Asakawa
04:50 Meet with MOFA’s Director-General of Foreign Policy Bureau Hiramatsu Kenji, MOD’s Director-General of Bureau of Defense Policy Kuroe Tetsuro and Chief of Staff for Maritime Self-Defense Force Kawano Katsutoshi
05:15 End meeting with Mr. Hiramatsu, Mr. Kuroe, and Mr. Kawano
05:40 Receive courtesy call from Chairman of ROK-Japan Parliamentarians’ League Suh Chung Won and colleagues. President of Japan-Korea Parliamentarians’ Union Nukaga Fukushiro also attends
06:12 Courtesy call ends
06:14 Depart from office
06:28 Arrive at building 1-chome 3-bankan [壱丁目参番館:ichi-chome san-bankan] in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Informal talk with critic Kin Birei; Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Shimomura Hakubun; Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Mr. Shiozaki; Chairperson of National Public Safety Commission Yamatani Eriko; Minister in charge of Promoting Women’s Empowerment Arimura Haruko; Chairperson of LDP Policy Research Council Inada Tomomi; and others at office of Ms. Kin within building
07:53 Depart from building
08:08 Arrive at private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo

Friday, January 16, 2015
AM
12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
08:00 At private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo (no morning visitors)
08:48 Depart from private residence
09:13 Arrive at Haneda Airport
09:22 Interview open to all media: When asked “What is the purpose of your visits in the Middle East?” Mr. Abe answers “We want to transmit a message to the world that we will go on to make a tolerant, inclusive society with the Middle East.”
09:24 Interview ends
09:52 Depart from airport on personal government aircraft with wife Akie bound for tour of visitation to four Middle Eastern countries

PM
(Local time in Cairo, Egypt)
Arrive at Cairo International Airport in Egypt
View Grand Egyptian Museum facilities construction site in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo
Conference with Prime Minister of Egypt Ibrahim Mahlab at Prime Minister’s Office
Stay night at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

Saturday, January 17, 2015

AM
(Local time in Cairo, Egypt)
Attend Joint Meeting of Japan-Egypt Business Committee at hotel Conrad Cairo in Cairo, Egypt, and give speech
Conference with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at his office
Attend meeting with President El-Sisi and an economic mission

PM
(Local time in Cairo, Egypt)
Joint press release
Lunch meeting hosted by the president
Depart from Cairo International Airport
(Local time in Amman City, Jordan)
Arrive at Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan
Arrive at lodging Four Seasons Hotel Amman in Amman City
View the Jordan Museum
Arrive at lodging Four Seasons Hotel Amman in Amman City, Jordan
Informal talk with an economic mission at resident Japanese Ambassador to Jordan’s official residence in Amman City, Jordan
Dinner meeting with King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and his wife the Queen at king’s private residence
Stay night at Four Seasons Hotel Amman

Sunday, January 18, 2015
AM
(Local time in Amman City, Jordan)
Reception event at Office of Prime Minister of Jordan in Amman City, Jordan
Conference with Prime Minister of Jordan Abdullah Ensour
Conference with King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al Hussein at Royal Court Office
Witness economic mission’s greeting to King of Jordan

PM
(Local time in Amman City, Jordan)
With economic mission, attend lunch meeting hosted by King of Jordan
Depart from Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan
(Local time in Jerusalem City, Israel)
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on outskirts of Tel Aviv, Israel
Arrive at lodging David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem City
Summit Conference with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu at Waldorf Astoria Hotel, small assembly attends
Attend meeting with economic mission and Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem City
View Israel enterprise exhibition
Attend business seminar
Stay night at David Citadel Hotel

Provisional Translation by: Erin M. Jones

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