West Germany and Japan have pledged to do all they can to see that the planned Bonn summit of seven major Western nations in July helps to bolster the sagging world economy.
West Germany and Japan have pledged to do all they can to see that the planned Bonn summit of seven major Western nations in July helps to bolster the sagging world economy. According to a West German spokesman, on Monday (17 April), West German President Walter Scheel and Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda, also agreed in 90 minutes of talks that both countries must do their best to end the causes of currency unrest on foreign exchange markets.
SYNOPSIS: President Scheel arrived in Japan on Sunday, and on Monday he had a formal meeting with Emperor Hirohito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Herr Scheel's visit was the first by a West German President since President Gustav Hein???man??? visited Tokyo in 1970. Foreign Minister Horr Genscher, who accompanied the President to the palace, was in Japan for separate discussions with Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda; Foreign Minister Sunao Sonoda; External Affairs Minister, Nobuhiko Ushiba, and other Japanese cabinet ministers.
President Scheel's talks at the palace with Emperor Hirohito laster for 30 minutes, and then the West German party left to see Prime Minister Fukuda.
The meeting took place at the Prime Minister's office, and there President Scheel told Mr, Fukuda that the Bonn summit should make an all out effort to promote joint action to tackle world economic problems. This, said the President, would help developing countries as well as the industrialised nations themselves.
During the talks, it was agreed that energy topics in Bonn should include alternatives to oil, and the effect of United States policy on world currencies. Japanese officials said President Scheel and Prime Minister Fukuda agreed that their countries should co-operate more on ways to meet energy shortages, including the peaceful use of nuclear power. Earlier Herr Genscher had talks with the head of Japan's Planning Agency, Kiichi Miyazama, and they agreed to make joint efforts to preserve free world trade, a combat protectionism.