Japanese Statesmen continued a two-pronged mission in European capitals today (Friday, September 28) with top-level talks in Paris and Rome.
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Background: Japanese Statesmen continued a two-pronged mission in European capitals today (Friday, September 28) with top-level talks in Paris and Rome.
Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka was in Paris to meet President Georges Pompidou for talks ranging over international problems to Japan's relations with the European Common Market. The discussions also took a cultural turn -- Mr. Tanaka was hoping to persuade the French to lend Japan the priceless Leonardo da Vinci painting "Mona Lisa", to be displayed in Tokyo when President Pompidou visits next spring.
Meantime, in Rome, Japanese Foreign Minister Masayoshi Ohira was engaged in talks with his Italian counterpart Aldo Moro. The discussions covered international problems, bilateral relations and trade.
Both Japanese leaders were due in London this weekend for talks with British Government Ministers.
SYNOPSIS: It's been a busy week for Japanese statesmen visiting Europe. Here in Rome, Japanese Foreign Minister Ohira began two days of talks on Friday. He'd just flown in from New York.
At this session, he was engaged in discussions with his Italian counter-part, Foreign Minister Aldo Moro. Chief topics were to be the South-east Asia situation, international monetary problems and Japanese trade with the European Common Market, which has quadrupled during the last ten years. During the two-day visit, Mr. Ohira was scheduled to meet Prime Minister Mariano Rumor and President Giovanni Leone for further discussions.
On the same day in Paris, Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka was emerging from the Elysee Palace after a working lunch with President Pompidou. Once again, Japan's relations with the Common Market was high on the agenda -- Mr. Tanaka was due for similar discussions in London and Bonn during the coming week. The Elysee talks also took a cultural turn. Mr. Tanaka was hoping to persuade the French to lend one of its most priceless art treasures -- Leonardo's Mona Lisa -- to Tokyo to go on display next spring.