Saturday, July 21, 2001
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi attended the second day of the G8 Summit Meeting in the northern Italian city of Genoa (Genoa Summit).
In the morning of the second day of the Genoa Summit, a G8 Summit Meeting including the attendance of President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation was held. At the meeting, in regard to the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol to prevent global warming, there was intense discussion between the United States and European countries. Prime Minister Koizumi worked to coordinate how this would be organized into the overall summit declaration. After the meeting, the G8 Statement on the Middle East, the G8 Statement on Regional Issues and the Genoa Plan for Africa were announced.
From the afternoon, Prime Minister Koizumi met successively with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of the Italian Republic at the Japan-Italy Summit Meeting, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation at the Japan-Russia Summit Meeting, and Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of the Federal Republic of Germany at the Japan-Germany Summit Meeting.
The Japan-Italy Summit Meeting was held aboard the European Vision, anchored in Genoa Harbor. The two leaders mainly exchanged views on the Kyoto Protocol to prevent global warming. Prime Minister Berlusconi indicated his understanding of Japan's position.
The Japan-Russia Summit Meeting was also held aboard the European Vision. The leaders agreed to continue discussion on the issue of the return of four northern islands and peace treaty negotiations. There was also discussion regarding mackerel pike fishing around the four northern islands, trade and other economic issues. In the meeting, President Putin invited Prime Minister Koizumi to visit Russia, whereupon Prime Minister Koizumi readily accepted the invitation.
At the Japan-Germany Summit Meeting, there was discussion on the handling of the Kyoto Protocol to prevent global warming. Both parties agreed on the necessity that major countries continue to discuss the issue to achieve consensus.
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