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

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