PM to explain Japan`s post-quake efforts during Europe visit

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 21:14

Tokyo: Prime Minister Naoto Kan left
on Wednesday for Europe on his first trip overseas since the
devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, to brief world
leaders on Japan`s reconstruction efforts and the nuclear
accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

After leaving Tokyo, Kan will first stop in Paris
before heading to the French seaside resort of Deauville for a
two-day Group of Eight summit meeting, then he will head to
Brussels, for a meeting with top-level representatives of the
European Union.

``I`ll convey gratitude to them for the support we
received from G-8 countries after the disaster and tell them
how Japan is determined to rebuild,`` Kan told reporters
shortly before leaving for France, commenting on the upcoming
summit of industrial powers.

In Paris, he will hold one-to-one talks Wednesday
with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who chairs this year`s
G-8 summit, and French Prime Minister Francois Fillon.

He will also deliver a speech at a forum dedicated to
the 50th anniversary of the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development, in addition to holding bilateral
talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose
country now holds the rotating presidency of the European
Union.

The speech at the OECD will touch on Japan`s ongoing
efforts to rebuild the country from the worst natural
catastrophe in its postwar history, according to government
officials.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 21:14

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