Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans arrived in Japan on Tuesday (19 September) for a six-day official visit.
Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans arrived in Japan on Tuesday (19 September) for a six-day official visit. Monsieur Tindemans said he wanted to talks with Japanese leaders about ways of solving the present international monetary crisis, and relations between Japan and the European Economic Community (EEC).
SYNOPSIS: This is the first visit of Belgian Prime Minister to Tokyo. A welcoming ceremony was held at Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda's official residence on Wednesday (20 September).
The two leaders would hold follow-up talks to last July's Bonn Summit of the seven leading industrial democracies. They were to discuss world economic issues, especially Japan's trade surplus of almost six hundred and thirty million dollars with Belgium last year.
Japan has about one hundred and twenty companies with their European operations based in Belgium. Figures for 1978 show an increase in goods exported to Japan from the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union (BLEU), while Japanese exports to dropped slightly. Belgian exports to Japan consists mostly of luxury goods such as objects of art, jewellery and antiques. The remainder is mostly chemicals, machinery, food products, furniture and clothing. Belgium suffers parts of the EEC's concern with Japan's five billion dollars surplus with the Community, a topic also set down for M. Tindeman's talks with Mr. Fukuda.