May 15, 2012, Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on the occasion of the commemoration ceremony for the 40th anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japan
May 10, 2012, in response to a question from Representative Hiroshi Hase during the Plenary Session of the House of Representatives
This past weekend, I hosted the Sixth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 6) in the city of Nago in Okinawa. The venue was the Bankoku Shinryokan, the same venue as the G8 Kyushu-Okinawa Summit in 2000. For me personally, this was my third trip to Okinawa since the beginning of 2012. I am very glad that this diplomatic event, a major one for Japan in which the heads of state and government of 13 Pacific nations come together once every three years, concluded successfully.
April 28, 2012, at the May Day Central Rally
I turned 55 during my trip to Camp David just outside Washington, DC in the United States where the G8 summit was held.
April 30, 2012, at the Japan-U.S. Joint Press Conference
April 23, 2012, on the TBS Television show News 23 Cross
Over this past weekend and continuing into Monday, I was in Beijing, which hosted the Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Summit Meeting. Without any opportunity to take a good rest upon my return, I visited Okinawa yesterday in order to attend the commemoration ceremony for the 40th anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japan.
April 30, 2012, at the reception hosted by Ms. Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State
April 23, 2012, on the TBS television show News 23 Cross
(In response to a question from a young person in the studio who asked, "Why don't you try to project a 'cooler' image?")
From the end of April into May, there have been tragic accidents, damages from tornadoes, and so on, one after another. My heart aches each time I am informed of such an event. I have been giving instructions to relevant official to respond through bracing up even for such unanticipated situations.
April 17, 2012, at Reception to Express Respect to Ms. Sadako Ogata on her Contributions to Japan and the International Community
I've just returned home after spending a full two days in Washington, DC. There is a 13 hour time difference between Washington and Tokyo, and the return flight was 13 hours long. While there is a substantial distance between these cities in a physical sense, over the course of a little over a year, I feel that the distance between us in spirit has become smaller than ever before.