Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Prime Minister of Japan’s Schedule March 23-29, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

AM
12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
08:00 At private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo (no morning visitors)
09:37 Depart from private residence
09:51 Arrive at office
09:52 Interview open to all media: When asked the response to “former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan-yew’s death”, Mr. Abe answers, “He is a great Asian leader who laid the foundation for the prosperity of contemporary Singapore. I’d like to express my sympathy with the people of Singapore.”
09:53 Interview ends
10:42 Meet with resident Ambassador to United States Sasae Kenichiro and Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Saiki Akitaka
11:07 End meeting with Mr. Sasae and Mr. Saiki
11:08 Meet with Vice-Minister of Cabinet Office Matsuyama Kenji
11:26 End meeting with Mr. Matsuyama
11:27 Meeting with Minister of State for Disaster Management Yamatani Eriko
11:48 End meeting with Ms. Yamatani
11:49 Conference with President of Bank of Japan Kuroda Haruhiko commences

PM
01:01 Conference with Mr. Kuroda ends
01:36 Receive a courtesy call from a Delegation of Members of the Japan-Korea and Korea-Japan Eminent Persons Group
02:03 Courtesy call ends
02:07 Meet with Minister for Foreign Affairs Kishida Fumio, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)’s Administrative Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Sugiyama Shinsuke, and Director-General of Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Ihara Junichi
02:38 End meeting with Mr. Kishida, Mr. Sugiyama, and Mr. Ihara
02:39 Meet with MOFA’s Mr. Saiki and Director-General of International Legal Affairs Bureau Akiba Takeo
02:56 End meeting with Mr. Saiki and Mr. Akiba
03:15 Speak with President of Tokyo Metro Co. Oku Yoshimitsu
03:26 Finish speaking with Mr. Oku
04:06 Receive the findings of the Ruling Coalition on the Development of Security Legislation from LDP Vice-President Komura Masahiko and colleagues
04:29 Finishing receiving the findings
04:52 Depart from office
04:54 Arrive at Diet
04:55 Enter LDP Secretary-General’s Conference Room
04:56 Endorse candidate for Sagamihara City (Kanagawa Prefecture) mayoral election. Commemorative photo session
04:57 Photo session ends
04:58 Leave room
04:59 Enter LDP President’s Office
05:01 LDP Officers Meeting
05:17 Meeting ends
05:18 Speak with Mr. Komura and Special Advisor to President of LDP Hagiuda Koichi
05:21 Finish speaking with Mr. Komura and Mr. Hagiuda
05:22 Leave room
05:23 Enter State Ministers’ Room
05:24 Speak with Chairman of LDP Election Strategy Committee Motegi Toshimitsu
05:31 Finish speaking with Mr. Motegi
05:32 Leave room
05:33 Depart from Diet
05:34 Arrive at office
05:42 Ministerial Council on Monthly Economic Report and Other Relative Issues meeting
05:56 Council meeting ends
06:00 Reception for President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo. Commemorative photo session 
06:01 Commemorative photo session ends
06:02 Ceremony by the guard of honor
06:07 Ceremony ends
06:09 Summit Conference with President Joko Widodo
06:53 Summit Conference ends
06:56 Signing Ceremony, Joint Press Release
07:11 Press release ends
07:12 Depart from office
07:13 Arrive at official residence. Dinner meeting hosted by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and his wife
08:35 See off President Joko
08:36 Finish seeing off President Joko

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AM
12:00 At official residence (no visitors)
08:00 At official residence (no morning visitors)
08:06 Depart from official residence
08:07 Arrive at office
08:12 Cabinet Meeting begins
08:33 Cabinet Meeting ends
09:26 Meet with Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Nishi Masanori
09:59 End meeting with Mr. Nishi
10:35 Meet with Foreign Press Secretary Kawamura Yasuhisa
11:04 End meeting with Mr. Kawamura
11:05 Interview with British newspaper Financial Times
11:55 Interview ends

PM
01:29 Meet with Chairman of LDP Headquarters for Regional Diplomatic and Economic Partnership Eto Seishiro, Chairman of LDP Global Information Study Committee Harada Yoshiaki and colleagues
02:00 End meeting with Mr. Eto and Mr. Harada
02:04 Depart from office
02:14 Arrive at Embassy of Singapore in Roppongi, Tokyo
02:15 Register condolence call for the late Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore
02:16 Finish condolence call
02:17 Interview open to all media: when asked “what’s your feeling after registering condolence call?” Mr. Abe answers, “ I think (the late Prime minister Lee) is an outstanding Asian leader. His achievements will be remembered and I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences.”
02:18 Interview ends
02:23 Depart from Embassy of Singapore
02:31 Arrive at Diet
02:32 Enter Lower House Doctor’s Office. Receive a medical eye examination
02:34 Leave office
02:35 Depart from Diet
02:37 Arrive at office
02:40 Meet with Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Saiki Akitaka
03:10 End meeting with Mr. Saiki
03:20 Meet with LDP Lower House member Miyazaki Kensuke and others
03:40 End meeting with Mr. Miyazaki and others
03:58 Meet with Director of NSC Yachi Shotaro, MOFA’s Administrative Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Sugiyama Shinsuke and Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs Yamasaki Tatsuo
04:15 End meeting with Mr. Yachi, Mr. Sugiyama, and Mr. Yamasaki
04:31 Mr. Yachi, Director of Cabinet Intelligence Kitamura Shigeru, and Director of Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center Shimohira Koji enter
04:41 Mr. Yachi and Mr. Shimohira both leave
04:55 Mr. Kitamura leaves
06:02 Reception for Prime Minister of New Zealand John Phillip Key. Commemorative photo session
06:03 Finish commemorative photo session
06:04 Attend a ceremony by the guard of honor
06:09 Ceremony ends
06:11 Japan-New Zealand Summit Meeting with Prime Minister Key
07:01 Summit Meeting ends
07:05 Joint Press Release
07:16 Press Release ends
07:17 Depart from office
07:18 Arrive at official residence. Dinner meeting hosted by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo
08:33 See off Prime Minister Key

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AM
12:00 At official residence (no visitors)
08:00 At official residence (no morning visitors)
09:30 Depart from official residence
09:33 Arrive at LDP Party Headquarters
09:35 Film video message for nationwide local elections
09:51 Finish filming
09:53 Depart from LDP Party Headquarters
09:56 Arrive at office
09:57 Interview open to all media: when asked “regarding the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, do you have any latest information about the Japanese citizens on the plane and how will the government respond?” Mr. Abe answers, “now we are trying to confirm the safety of the Japanese. I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to people who died.”
09:58 Interview ends
11:08 Meet with Chairman of LDP General Council Nikai Toshihiro
11:29 End meeting with Mr. Nikai
11:30 Speak with the chairman of Parliamentary Association for Development of Kabuki Nakasone Hirofumi and others
11:42 Finish speaking with Mr. Nakasone and others
11:43 Meet with Kabuki actor Nakamura Ganjiro. Former President of the Upper House Ooji Chikage also attends
11:58 End meeting with Mr. Nakamura

PM
02:06 Meet with Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)’s Vice-Minister Minagawa Yoshitsugu and Director General for Secretariatʼs Policy Matters Arakawa Takashi
02:34 End meeting with Mr. Minagawa and Mr. Arakawa
02:59 Meet with LDP Secretary-General Tanigaki Sadakazu and Secretary-General of New Komeito Inoue Yoshihisa
03:35 End meeting with Mr. Tanigaki and Mr. Inoue
03:36 Meet with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nakayama Yasuhide and Director-General of MOFA’s Consular Affairs Bureau Miyoshi Mari
03:58 End meeting with Mr. Nakayama and Ms. Miyoshi
04:02 Meet with Mr. Tanigaki
04:29 End meeting with Mr. Tanigaki
04:35 Meet with President of Asian Development Bank Nakao Takehiko. Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs Yamasaki Tatsuo also attends
05:05 End meeting with Mr. Nakao
05:16 Meeting of Headquarters for Healthcare and Medical Strategy Promotion
05:52 Meeting ends
06:09 Receive a courtesy call from General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States of America. Ministry of Defense (MOD)’s Chief of Staff for Joint Staff Council Kawano Katsutoshi also attends
06:30 Courtesy call ends
06:31 Depart from office
06:39 Arrive at Palace Hotel Tokyo in Marunouchi, Tokyo
06:46 Attend the presentation ceremony of the Healthy Society Award, deliver address
06:54 Depart from hotel
07:03 Arrive at official residence


Thursday, March 26, 2015

AM
12:00 At official residence (no visitors)
08:00 At official residence (no morning visitors)
09:50 Depart from official residence
09:51 Arrive at office
10:24 Meet with Director of Cabinet Intelligence Kitamura Shigeru
10:51 End meeting with Mr. Kitamura
11:08 Meet with U.S. Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs. Director General of International Cooperation Bureau of the MOFA Ishikane Kimihiro also attends
11:38 End meeting with Mr. Sachs
11:39 Meet with President of Japan-Korea Parliamentarians’ Union Nukaga Fukushiro
11:55 End meeting with Mr. Nukaga

PM
12:56 Depart from office
12:57 Arrive at official residence. Lunch meeting with Director of LDP Youth Division Kihara Minoru and colleagues. Special Advisor to President of LDP Hagiuda Koichi also attends
01:36 Depart from official residence
01:37 Arrive at office
01:38 Speak with Bank of Japan Policy Board member Harada Yutaka
01:43 Finish speaking with Mr. Harada
02:30 Speak with Cabinet Office’s Director-General for Policies on Cohesive Society Hihara Hirofumi
02:35 Finish speaking with Mr. Hihara
03:35 Receive a request at the Prime Minister's Office from the Parliamentary League for the Creation of a New World-Renowned National Archives
03:50 Finish receiving the request
04:16 Interview with American newspaper Washington Post
05:10 Interview ends
05:11 Receive a courtesy call at the Prime Minister's Office from representatives of the Boy Scouts who received the Fuji Award
05:25 Courtesy call ends
05:52 National Security Council meeting. Chairwoman of National Public Safety Commission Yamatani Eriko also attends
06:23 Council meeting ends
06:24 Meet with Director of National Security Council Yachi Shotaro and Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Saiki Akitaka
06:53 End meeting with Mr. Yachi and Mr. Saiki
06:59 Depart from office
07:00 Arrive at official residence. Dinner meeting with Chief Representative of New Komeito Yamaguchi Natsuo, Deputy Chief Representative of New Komeito Kitagawa Kazuo, Chairman of New Komeito Diet Affairs Committee Oguchi Yoshinori, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ohta Akihiro, and others. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide also attends
08:22 Depart from official residence
08:39 Arrive at private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo

Friday, March 27, 2015

AM
12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
07:07 Depart from private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo
07:19 Arrive at office
07:24 Meet with Deputy Chef Cabinet Secretary Seko Hiroshige
07:48 End meeting with Mr. Seko
07:50 Cabinet Meeting begins
08:14 Cabinet Meeting ends
08:15 Meet with Mr. Seko
08:41 End meeting with Mr. Seko
08:53 Depart from office
08:54 Arrive at Diet
08:56 Enter Upper House Committee Room No. 1
08:58 Speak with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Aso Taro
09:00 Finish speaking with Mr. Aso
09:01 Upper House Budget Committee opens
11:53 Upper House Budget Committee recess
11:54 Leave Upper House Committee Room No. 1
11:56 Depart from Diet
11:57 Arrive at office

PM
12:04 Speak with Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Takaichi Sanae
12:10 Finish speaking with Ms. Takaichi
12:53 Depart from office
12:55 Arrive at Diet
12:56 Enter Upper House Committee Room No. 1
12:57 Speak with Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide
12:58 Finish speaking with Mr. Suga
01:00 Upper House Budget Committee reopens
05:14 Upper House Budget Committee adjourns, leave room
05:16 Depart from Diet
05:18 Arrive at office
05:19 Commemorative photo session with members of Iwakuni Corporation Association of Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. LDP Lower House member Kishi Nobuo also attends
05:22 Photo session ends
05:59 Reception for Prime Minister of the Portugal Republic Pedro Passos Coelho. Commemorative photo session
06:00 Commemorative photo session ends
06:01 Attend a ceremony by the guard of honor
06:07 Ceremony ends
06:09 Japan-Portugal Summit Meeting with Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho
07:05 Summit Meeting ends
08:00 Signing Ceremony, Joint Press Release
08:26 Ceremony and Press Release end
08:27 Depart from office
08:28 Arrive at official residence. Dinner meeting hosted by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo
08:55 See off Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho
08:56 Finish seeing off Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho



Saturday, March 28, 2015

AM
12:00 At official residence (no visitors)
08:00 At official residence (no morning visitors)
08:09 Depart from official residence
08:20 Arrive at Keiogijukudai Hospital in Shinano-machi, Tokyo. Physical examination

PM

02:23 Depart from hospital
02:43 Arrive at private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo
06:19 Depart from private residence
06:44 Arrive at Chinese restaurant Kurawan in Shibaura, Tokyo. Dinner with family: wife Akie, mother Kishi Yoko, and LDP Lower House member Kishi Nobuo
09:29 Depart from resturant
09:54 Arrive at private residence

Sunday, March 29, 2015

AM
12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
05:29 Depart from private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo
05:50 Arrive at Haneda Airport
05:55 Interview open to all media: When asked “the late first Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew used to harshly criticize Japan’s wartime responsibility. (What’s your response?)”, Mr. Abe answers, “Postwar Japan has taken the path to develop as a peace nation based on deep remorse of the previous war. This path has not been changed.”
05:57 Interview ends
06:16 Depart from Haneda Airport on private government aircraft to attend state funeral for former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
(Local time in Singapore)
Arrive at Changi International Airport in Singapore

PM
(Local time in Singapore)
Attend the state fueral for former Prime Minister of Singapore Mr. Lee Kuan Yew at National University of Singapore
Depart from Changi International Airport on private government aircraft

Provisional Translation by: Erin M. Jones and Lu Pengqiao

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