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Wednesday, February 07, 2018, 13:40 - 14:35


"A European Perspective on Regional Stability in East Asia"  *Pls. see Security Advisory
Language: The speech will be in English and Q & A in German with English and Japanese simultaneous interpretation.


*Security Advisory

1) Doors open 13:10 and please be seated by 13:30.

2) When you check in:

a. Please provide your FCCJ ID number (Members) or show your official ID card with photo (Non members including still cameraman & TV crews)

b. Please receive the wrist band; without it no one can enter the conference room.

3) Please don’t bring large bags into the conference room.

4) Close-up photo is allowed only professional photographer. Other members can take photo 

    from the seats.

Thank you for your understanding and co operation.


German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will come to Japan for the first time since taking office in March last year as the former Social Democratic Party (SPD) politician remains as vocal on global issues as he was when serving twice for a total of seven years as foreign minister under Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Club is honored to have him speak on the theme of "A European Perspective on Regional Stability in East Asia."

While in Tokyo he is scheduled to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe whom he met here in 2014 on a courtesy call as foreign minister. The two leaders will then head to South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The Steinmeier-Abe meeting may have some awkward moment as the reputed German pragmatist has been a critic of US President Donald Trump. Championing Japan’s alliance with the US, Abe has pledged "100 percent" cooperation with Trump's America especially with regard to the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Steinmeier's FCCJ appearance may also provide a chance to address Germany's domestic politics as the country is still without a new government four months after a national election while Chanellor Merkel struggles to persuade the center-left SPD to team up with her Christian Democratic Union and form another grand coalition.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

Professional Activities Committee

Feb 07 18 PC H.E. Frank-Walter Steinmeier058


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