Japanese Foreign Minister Masayoshi Ohira arrived in Paris on Tuesday (May 1) at the start of a four-day visit to France.
Japanese Foreign Minister Masayoshi Ohira arrived in Paris on Tuesday (May 1) at the start of a four-day visit to France. During the course of his visit, Mr Ohira will have consultations with Foreign Minister M. Michel Jobert, Prime Minister M. Pierre Messmer, and with the President, M. Georges Pompidou.
Mr Ohira's arrival in Paris followed a two-day official visit to Yugoslavia, during the course of which he had talks with Government Ministers.
The main subject of discussion in Paris is expected to be the economic relations between Japan and France and between Japan and the European Economic Community. Japanese sales to Europe have increased by 51 per cent in the last three years. In 1971, 16 per cent of cars imported into Europe came from Japan and last year more than 25 per cent of Japanese investments abroad were made in Europe, compared with 20 per cent in the United States and 20 per cent in Asia.
In addition to economic topics, Mr Ohira is expected to discuss the proposed French nuclear tests in the Pacific, of which Japan has already expressed its disapproval, the proposed visit of President Pompidou to Japan sometime in 1974, and the implications for the two countries of the Atlantic Charter recently annunciated by President Nixon's special advisor, Mr Kissinger.
These wide-ranging talks come within the framework of regular political consultations between France and Japan held alternately in Paris and Tokyo every year since 1964.