February 18, 2018

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Yuriko Koike Comes Back to the FCCJ as Governor of Tokyo

Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. Prior to this event, the Governor announced the postponement of the relocation of Tsukiju Fish Market to Toyosu. In this press conference, a question about the fish market came up from a journalist, and Koike answered that she made the decision to postpone the relocation because the water monitoring has not been completed yet. In the opening statement, she talked about policies such as Safe City, Diverse City, and Smart City.  This was the second time for her to attend the press conference at the FCCJ as a speaker this year. She held a press conference at the FCCJ on July 8 to announce her candidacy in the 2016 Tokyo Gubernatorial Election.


Moderator, Peter Langan: So, good afternoon, everyone. Very warm welcome to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. To our press conference today with governor Yuriko Koike. A few words first of all, if you can please do like I have just done. Turn off your cellphone or muted please so that we don’t have any musical interruptions today. Uh, Tokyo, there is an awful lot of things you can say about Tokyo. A population of about 35 million people. That’s more than half the population of the total United Kingdom. It is more people than live in Canada apparently. I dug up another factoid today in 1962, I was mistaken.

Koike: 13.6 million.

Langan: OK. I’m sorry. I was referring to metropolitan Tokyo. I always was like the bigger measurement. It’s easier for a journalist to do that. Sorry.

Koike: OK.

Langan: You might correct me on the next item as well, but in 1962 apparently, Tokyo was the first city in recorded history to pass a population of more than ten million, and of course it’s gonna go on to many many bigger and greater things. One of the things it’s also well-known for is being the food capital of the world, has more Michellin stars than any other city. It also has the world’s biggest fish market, which may well be a topic of questioning today, and finally Tokyo has been attacked more time by a fire breathing radioactive monster called Godzilla than any other city in the world, which is my final factoid  in Tokyo is. It has a GDP about 1.6 trillion dollars which is more than GDP of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou combined, and today we of course have the governor, and I am sure one of the questions will have to be finish managing such a major city, particularly in the preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, what do you do after managing Tokyo? Perhaps manage Japan. Enough from me. If I can have a warm welcome please for our speaker today, governor Yuriko Koike. Thank you.

Koike: Thank you, Peter, and thank you for your kind introduction and detailed introduction. And thank you to all the members of the FCCJ for joining this press conference today. Yes. Almost two months ago, I was here explaining that I would be running for Tokyo governor, so I’m so delighted to be able to now address you again, officially as governor of Tokyo. I chose to run for the governor out of a desire to improve Tokyo and make it a place that women, men, children, elderly and those with disabilities, and the visitors from abroad would find easier to leave and work in. I want to make it a truly world class city. In order to realize this goal, I emphasized during the election campaign that we need major reforms that would give a rise to a city government that is a government of Tokyo. A government of Tokyo citizens by Tokyo citizens for Tokyo citizens. As you know that I entered the election completely as my own. In other words, I had no endorsement by political parties. But, I was elected with the support of nearly three million citizens. I think many people were calling for reform and voted for me expecting leadership to restore trust in the city government. My circumstances have completely changed in the last two months. As Tokyo governor, I now find myself responsible for 13.6 million citizens and for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic games, which will soon draw the attention of people from all over the world. Today, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my core principles, which have remained and unchanged throughout my campaign, and to expand on how I intend to fulfill the promises I made to the citizens of Tokyo. My key policy as Tokyo governor is to implement major reforms that will put the citizens of Tokyo first. I want to make good on this pledge and intend to push swiftly ahead with these reforms after deciding our priorities. The trust of Tokyo citizens in their city government is essential. In order to tackle all the challenges that have steadly accumulated here. However, the city government has been losing the trust due to a recent succession of issues, unfortunately. Reform and greater transparency are what the citizens of Tokyo need most now, and I think that’s why so many of them supported me. Rather than continuing the previous policies, what I will do is to lead reforms. These reforms are not a goal in themselves, but a step toward putting Tokyo citizens first. Creating a transparent Tokyo metropolitan government is my main goal. Public information disclosure is the first step to improving its transparency. I want to create two way communication where we talk openly with Tokyo citizens about a city government. A city government affairs and on an occasion invite frank feedback from third party observers as I believe this is the way to run city government that puts its citizens first. To this end, I will establish and lead a new initiative responsible for scrutinizing the role, organization, and the budget of the city government, and affiliated organizations with input from outside parties, and I will focus on efficiency, transparency and clear results. Furthermore, once a reform plan has been drafted, I will formulate sweeping policies not limited to reforming daily work, but extending the restructuring organizations, reviewing management models, and injecting additional investment where necessary. Under this new initiative, I have set up two speacial teams to improve public information disclosure both structurally and on an individual project basis. The first team will evaluate the current information disclosure procedures and determine what improvements are required to achieve due process. The second team will examine the bidding process and the budget for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games. The Tokyo Metropolitan government is responsible for the operation of the games. And I as the head of the government, am accountable for the total budget and the budgeting process. I will share the result of this investigation by an entering report ahead of the September meeting of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly. These measures are aimed at increasing the transparency of the city government so that I hope it can quickly regain the trust of Tokyo citizens. Creating a city government that can get the best out of the games requires buy in from the citizens of Tokyo. For the last 24 years, I have approached public policy making based on my political principles of great causes and empathy. As you know I have served, I was elected as a member of Parliament for 24 years almost a quarter century a long time. Effectively implementing new policies requires citizens to understand their aim.

However, _______(inaudible) the cause I know from experience that government policy will not be effective unless you have the buy in and support of the public. A good example, maybe I quoted this last time when I was invited here. Once again a good example is the Cool Biz policy I formulated during my term as Minister of the Environment, and in order to combat global warming, I suggested that workers simply take off their ties and jackets during the hot summers, and the idea was very well received by the public, and by all of you here. I will continue to proactively promote progressive policies for the city of Tokyo without being_______( inaudible ) that to the status quo, and as I did with the Cool Biz solicit the empathy of Tokyo citiznes or support of Tokyo citizens for these great causes. The challenges Tokyo face have not suddenly changed just because there is a new governor. But, it is now my duty to carefully prioritize and implement effective solutions to combat these challenges. The previous governor created a long term plan for this city, and in addition to this we are currently preparing a shorter four year plan containing policies aimed at addressing a number of urgent challenges before 2020. I will make every effort to effectively implement reform while strengthening the foundation to support even greater development after 2020. We hope to announce this plan formally by the end of the year. But, I would like to take this opportunity today to share our approach with you. During my election campaign, I said that I wanted to create a new Tokyo that is three cities in one. I want Tokyo to be a safe city for citizens and visitors alike, a diverse city where everyone belongs, and a smart city which drives future growth. These three new cities are important pillars of my new plan. The safe city is one where people feel at ease and secure. A Tokyo that is more resilient to threats such as terrorism or natural disasters including typhoon. I’m from Hyogo Prefecture originally, and experienced the first hand damage from the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake. In the Nagata district of Kobe city, the ambulances, the trucks and the fire trucks were unabled to enter the maze of small streets which had existed since the war, last war, and were obstructed by telephone and electricity poles that had tilted or fallen during the earthquake. I strongly feel that we must avoid a similar situation arising here in Tokyo. To this end, I’m promoting the construction of homes and buildings that are more resillient to earthquakes and fires, but as I mentioned here on the previous occasion, I am also determined to rid Tokyo of those utility poles to help improve emergency access. Some may think this is just for aesthetic reasons, but it is actually more a matter of disaster prevention and safety. I have already insturcted our teams to study ways to cost effectively bury these lines also to ensure that new poles are installed in along city streets. My leveraging my political experiences, and gaining the support of citizens of Tokyo for this great cause I will implement these plans for disaster prevention securing better street access, and beautification of the cityscape.

The second city that I envision is a diverse city. I want to create a Tokyo where women, men, children, and elederly, and the visitors from abroad and those with disabilities are able to live their lives in their own way. Addressing our aging population is a pressing challenge, challenge for all Japan. But, especially so in Tokyo. More and more elderly people want to spend the remainder of their days living the way they want in an area they are used to which means higher demand for home care. We already have a regional care system that provides integrated residence, medical care, and living support, but I want to further refine this to make it easier to use. I also plan to secure more facilities and improve pay for care workers to help cope with expected rise in the number of elderly people, and to also provide improved care for those with disabilities.

Next is to urgently create an environment in which women can balance their work and family lives. With the aging population in Tokyo, the reality is that the the city cannot function without women playing a larger role. It is not fair that women are forced to choose between work and having children. This is unfair. We urgently need to find ways to address these situations. Taking the example of the Tokyo government office teams itself. I think I can say that the way has been paved for women. One third of our employees are women, and women make up 18% of the management positions, which is higher than the average of the national government, having said that the number is still low compared to other countries, and I would like to increase it, and I feel proud that I have always lead the active participation of women work force in Japan, and I will continue to support this movement. With regard to our waiting list for nurseries, taikijido, we are preparing a supplementary budget to submit to the September meeting of Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly. In order to reduce the waiting list of 8400 children to almost zero, we will need to secure promises and improve pay for nursery teachers. We are currently looking at what scale of budget would be possible, but we will do our best to achieve clear results. I belive that addressing the shortcoming in our childcare

Childcare system will be the breakthrough that brings more women into the workplace. In addition, it will help spread a better work life balance or as I prefer life work balance not work life balance  Life first, and then Work. This is what I always use, the term. Life work balance and acceptance of different life styles such as raising children or caring for others. I believe this reform will create true diversity. This involves changing people’s awareness as well as changing the system. For example, although we already have measures in place to support families for childcare and nursing care. But, these are not yet to a standard that resonates with Tokyo citizens meaning a large number of women still leave work to raise children or care for others. I intend to elicit and foster people empathy or support or understanding and realize real diversity and spread this from Tokyo to the rest of Japan. I want to achieve a better life work balance starting with the elimination of overtime for Tokyo government office employees, they are lucky, as one area of major reform in Tokyo, I will promote a culture where both men and women can work more comfortably and efficiently. The third of my envisioned cities is a “smart city” that we have generated the future growth. Using leading edge technology, I want to be smart and pursue environmental and economic strategies both which will be sustainable. I aim to make Tokyo an environmental leader, a city that creates new businesses developing environmental solutions and encourages technological innovation to help revitalize the economy. I, therefore plan to promote energy saving measures such a more dynamic introduction of energy LED bulbs and lighting, as well as diversified energy sources such as renewable energy including solar, and thermo power, and hydrogen energy. In the event of a disaster that a battery in hydrogen fuel car can create enough energy to meet the electricity needs of a whole household. In addition, I want to assist the spread of eco houses which use renewable energy technology, and for your information, my house at Ekoda area in Nerima ward is theoretically zero CO2 emission by using solar power generator dual glasses with argon gas in between, LED lights, and many other technologies. I name my humble house as Ekoda house named after the area. Actually, I found the sites in Ekoda area only because I want to put the name as Ekoda house. It is really Ekoda house, and TEPCO is my good consumer. Sorry. And, we also need to combat the so called the heat island phenomenon whereby temperatures in central Tokyo are significantly higher than in the surrounding areas. This is also very important to prepare for 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics games for the marathon runners and many other for other athletes and even for those people who support the games. Secondly, I want to stimulate the economy by simply making Tokyo more often to the world and implement measures that allow Tokyo to regain its place as the number one financial city in Asia. Such measures include using special zone system to stimulate Tokyo’s financial market and attracting more FinTech firms. I will also make Tokyo more attractive cities for business in general by supporting new businesses large and small. I want Tokyo to be known as a place where businesses succeed because they are in Tokyo. On August 21st, I attended the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics, and received the Olympic flag from the mayor of Rio. As you saw, I was wearing a kimono on the night but I had actually considered wearing a Hello Kitty costume to compete with Mario. Before heading to Brazil, I had prepared myself for the handover of what I was told that would be a very heavy one, heavy flag.  But, upon receiving it in that packed stadium with the world watching I realized that the responsibility that comes with being the leader of the next host city felt much heavier than the flag itself. At that moment, I was resolved that as the Tokyo governor, I would provide the ultimate stage for athletes and spectators to enjoy the Tokyo for 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. Since I was the Minister of Environment, I have been promoting the three R initiative. Reduce material or even the cost of… reduce, reuse, and recycle. This is the three Rs. The three R initiative was included in the official document of the G8, Gleaneagles Summit held in England in 2005.  In Japanese, these three Rs can be summarized in one word, mottainai. What a waste! I want to make the 2020 games where the term mottainai is known all around the world. Looking beyond 2020 I want to use the games as based upon which to create a Tokyo that will meet the desires and dreams of its people. It’s one more reason for me to apply my problem solving capabilities if I have and perseverances to achieve major reforms in Tokyo just as Ichiro recently became the first Japanese baseball player to achieve three thousands hits. I want to continuously put hits on the score boards one by one as we move to build the three new cities of Tokyo, safe city, diverse city, and smart city. I’m fortunate enough to be the first female Tokyo governor, but this brings with great challenges. Hillary Clinton used the expression of glass ceiling to describe the difficulty that women face in the world of business and politics. But, I think of it more as a steel ceiling in this country or iron ceiling in this country. But, my time working at the national government level showed me that the key to breaking through this steal or iron ceiling is perseverance, and this allowed me to demonstrate my political leadership going forward this experience is something I intend to make a full use of as governor of the Tokyo Metropolitan government. Thank you very much for your time.     

Langan: Thank you, governor. Questions will be answered in Japanese. Media only please. If you could introduce yourself and your affiliation. Thank you, Sir. You are the first, the gentleman here.

Correspondent From Indonesia: Hello. I am a newspaper reporter from Indonesia. You mentioned about the concept of the safe cities as one of the three priorities of your city. I had a friend visiting from Indonesia who stayed for two or three days in a hotel in Shinjuku. It was actually the APA Gyoen Mae hotel. I am not making an advertisement for this hotel necessarily. But, when he was packing up, he or she was packing up to return to Indonesia actually found that their wallet had been stolen from the inside the hotel room actually. For me even having lived in Japan, for 25 or 26 years,  this was actually a great shock to hear of this happening. But, I would like to ask considering such incidents how safe do you really think that Tokyo is now. What kind of measures or strategies do you have in place in regards to this?

Koike: Well. I am not sure exactly how I should answer this question, but thank you very much for this profound question. I  recommend that first it might be best for your friend to ask the hotel about this actually. But, I think the fact that this one example is showing really shows that if a wallet is lost in Japan, if it’s lost in a taxi and so on, the cases of it being returned to the owner are very common actually. This is known not only just in Japan, but actually internationally throughout the world. So, I would actually like to take this in a positive way thinking the fact that one case like this, one isolated case actually is raised in this way shows that it is indeed still very rare here.

Langan: Yes, Sir.

German Correspondent: The city of Tokyo is a big shareholder of TEPCO. The big shareholder often has quite some power over a company. If you push for the environment will you make sure that TEPCO doesn’t go nuclear anymore.

Koike: Thank you very much for your question. As you mentioned the government of Tokyo is indeed one of the major shareholders of TEPCO. First of all, in regards to the safety of nuclear power, various institutions or agencies including the nuclear regulation agencies are now examining the safety issues in relation to nuclear power. So, I would like to continue to pay very close attention to this issue from now as well. And the second point in regards to this, I also mentioned about bringing the electricity lines underground. Well, not the electricity polls. That might be somewhat difficult, but lines themselves cables to bring them underground is also one related aspect from this. Until now delays in regards to this having said to be regards to this as well large cost involved in this. However, as one major shareholders of TEPCO,  I hope that we can push for more promotion of innovation to realize this as well as the same time reducing the cost and having safe provisions of energy to the consumers.

Langan: The gentleman in the green shirt. Yes, Sir.

Freelance Journalist Kobayashi: Given your experience or familiarity with behind the scenes of the media, perhaps it’s not necessarily to say this to you of course. However, not all elements or not all parts within the media were necessarily actually supporting your election or your success in the race for governor. I am sure you are aware of this and its the same also in the parliament as well. When we look towards realizing the three cities or the different policies which you have mentioned today. I would like to ask how you will position your basic stance in relation to the media and particularly in relation to the press club of Tokyo Metropolitan government office.

Koike: So, first of all, in relation to the media, I personally did also work within the media industry as well. Within television and also writing and so on and continuously so I also have fellow journalist experience as you all in this aspect. And you mentioned the behind the scenes or sort of the nether side of media and so on, but I personally experienced positive or the happy side of the media, the front side of the media. So, to respond in one sentence or one word, I think that what is most important is how to convey the facts. In order to do this, look at the issue of disclosure of information as key.  In regards to the press club at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government offices, I was very suprised actually to look at the changes within the press club since my time as minister.

So, my time as a minister was around 10 years ago but at that time as minister I was holding two weekly press conferances and at the time was opened to only limited media respresentatives. However, actually at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Pressclub now as well as well as of course of all of the major media outlets as well there are many many internet media representatives as well.  So I have been very surprised at how much indeed the media landscape has changed in these ten years.  And so for me personally well if we compare the major media and other newer forms of media I think both of them could be referred to as mass media these days actually, but both of these kinds of media are very much welcome and I am aiming also to provide the same information to the different kinds of media also.

Can I continue?

I also would like to make one  additional point in regards to the gubernatorial election. And this is that my Facebook,  Twitter Instagram accounts and so on were very much watched during this time. and until now in elections I had used my Facebook twitter and  Instagram and so on. however the number of viewers during this election was much higher than it had been in the past.

So, the tools such as twitter and Facebook, have  been in existence for several years already, I think this has really shown that the importance of being provide the kind of information that people are wanting and the contents in this aspect is indeed the most important factor.

If we look at the time of the gubernatiorial campaing for example at ginza yon chome ampaing on the streets in Ginza 4 Chome, the fourth area of Ginza as well at the time it was announced, the 3000 of people were present. Afterwards I heard it was aybe closer to 4-5000 people on the site as well. However, these are the people I directly do not know. They all came together as the fact of reaching out through Twitter online as well. And through reaching out this way. They all came wearing green having towels or items so on which in color as well as campaign colors. Amongst people who gathered there, there were some who couldn’t find green so they came carrying spinach, brocoli and other green items to hold up as part of this. I think this really shows that how the Internet has brought a new kind of election campaigning here.  

Haruko Watanabe From HKW: Thank you very much, Peter. governor Koike, welcome back, and congratulations. I would like to ask you about your political party.

Are you going to form a new political party, because the reason is I covered your Ogikubo meeting by checking your Facebook. I did not know where the meeting would be held so I checked there.

I saw many people wearling celeries, green peppers and everything, and just mentioned about your final Ikebukuro speakout. It’s not a speak out. It’s more or less Koike Yuriko’s live show. I think more than six thousand people were there flashing with green flash light well. Having said that since you created political awaeness and concern all in Tokyo. Now do you think it’s your time some give them a political training. Then eventually let them run in the Tokyo Assembly in four years.

Koike: Thank you for your suggestion.

Koike: Thank you very much. I believe that in my campaign, I believe that we were until now not necessarily interested in politics or involved in this way and started to become involved in my campaign. I felt that this was the reality.

Koike: I personally when I first entered the political world I was involved in at the time what was known as the Nihon Shinto which was led by Mr. Hosokawa. Actually and since then there were many shall we say mergers acquisitions amongst different parties in Japan as well. I was personally involved in the launch or administrative side as well of creating new parties throughout this time.

Koike: Therefore, in all of these processes of creating or launching all of these parties, I was working to include own policies and campaign promises and so on within the policies of these new parties. So, I think I have a great deal of experience in creating new political parties.

Koike: However, entering my new challenge now as the governor of Tokyo, we are now approaching a very important period to be held in this September as well. This is indeed the time to look at how to realize one by one the various policies which I have put forward and also how to respond to the expectations or hopes of the three million people also who voted for me as well. So rather than looking at these steps towards a new party looking at well how to successfully manage Tokyo and respond to these people and their hopes for Tokyo as well is what I will be concentrating on from now.

Watanabe: After 2020 to establish….

Koike: Running workshops or political schools for young upcoming people and so on I think is something which is very valuable to do.

Langan: OK. Joel, you are next. On the list here I have Tim, Anthony, Fuu, Jimbo and gentleman over here.

Joel Legendre: I am Joel Legendre from  RTL French television and radio. Congratulations for Tokyo and congratulations from Rio. Congratulations. You had a beautiful kimono. Kyoto kara?

Koike: Tokyo.

Joel: This is very interesting because in Kyoto the kimono makers are now suffering of kind of poverty. My question is about poverty you know that according to the UN 15 to 25% of the youth now in developed countries like, EU, US ,Japan, or Canada are in poverty so my question is very quick, what are you going to do, yourself, to do a policy of protecting, helping, encouraging, the families who suffer, the youth, the elders and do something that is concrete. Not just make them dream about the olympics or make them talk for months and months about Tsukiji. The Olympics is not what will give food to the plate for many people.

Koike: Thank you for your question. First of all in regards to the Olympics I hear that Paris is actually looking at a bid towards the 2024 Olympics. But, in regard to your question on poverty issues, of course this is a major challenge not only for Tokyo and Japan, but indeed globally now.

Koike: I think that one of the international basis for this is said to be looking at or as a result of the significant changes in industry.

Koike: So, when we are looking at the issue of poverty for children, or youth as well this of course connected to the poverty issues of adults as well. If their parents are in a situation of financial in difficulty, then it means that there will be lost opportunities for education for their children and so on. So first of all, we need to have very clear policies in place for these education and poverty related issues. One thing which is already in place to this in regards to  schools which are run by the Tokyo city government is looking at the school fees for school children, and having these being setup according to the families’ income. This is one policy which is already in place.

Koike: In regards to the role of the city government, or the metropolitan government in Tokyo. There is a division in rolls between metropolitan government and also the government of each of the different wards of the city or within the metropolis or also the cities within as well. So for example, elementary and junior high school education is run by the respective wards or cities within the Tokyo area. And the higher secondary school and also university is in relation to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government So one of the things which as the Tokyo metro gov we already have in place as well in regards to senior highschool education is having scholarships available for students which are not in the form of loans but which are scholarships actually provided for the students for their education as well. So one of the things we are researching in regards to this at the moment is how to expand this or broaden it so that it can be more accessible.

Freelance Journalist, Tim : What is the situation with Tsukiji Fish market we have seen reports that the movement to Toyosu is delayed because of the contamination in Toyosu what’s going to happen what is the timeline for the move?

Koike: Thank you very much for your question. Indeed actually right before I am coming here today, I have held another very important press conference. That was to announce the postponement of the planned move from Tsukiju to Toyosu.  It was planned for November 7th, and I announced a postponement of this.

Koike: I actually published a book eight years ago in which I wrote about the issues of food security and food safety within this I wrote that there are still many things which needed to be done in regards to the Toyosu location to guarantee the security and safety.

So, in regards to the issue of contamination of the soil in fact, I have had  reports that there was efforts to put in place to change the soil so to bring in new soil to replace contaminated soil on location. That was indeed a great amount of cost went into this as well and this improvement procedures have been put in place. However, water monitoring is still ongoing at the moment, so we are still waiting to hear reports about how this went.

Koike: And the proposed date for the final water monitoring results to brought up from the new siteis planned to be for November 18th, and therefore, if we consider moving the market from November 7 before this is actually done is not something logical to do. So, this is the primary reason for delaying the move.

Koike: And of course the issues of security or safety rather of food as well is something all residents and citizens are desiring and requiring as well so well it was said that the monitoring will be done for two years. I believe it is very important to thoroughly do this and actually use the whole years in this monitoring time as well. Of course we are not talking only about a local issue but this is about the safety of the world’s market of Tsukiji as well. So, I believe stop for second and confirm these details before deciding how to go forward.

Koike: Therefore, the necessity of disclosure of information is vital in regards to this. Well there maybe a really wonderful building almost like a museum being built for this. If there is nothing inside in this fish market as well it’s something which I think we need to look very closely at. And, if we are looking at also investing the same amount of budget which was put into for example constructing the new gallery in Tokyo by Mr. Kisho Kurokawa. I think it is important that we need to really make sure that this is something that can be accepted by the residents.

Langan: The last question. You’ve got 30 seconds.

Correspondent From Singapore:  I am from Singapore. I also would like to say well first of all rather than Hello Kitty, perhaps Sailor Moon would actually be who we would like to see you dressed as. I would like to ask a very brief question. Given your experience as the previous Defense Minister as well. If you have a message of support to the current Minister Inada. How is your relationship?

Koike: I just want to tell her to do her best.

Langan: OK. We have to finish that the governor is very on a tight schedule. My last job is to offer, I almost said 12 years, 12 months honorary membership at the FCCJ. If everyone remains seated while she leaves, and thank you very much.




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