Japan visit focuses on shared Pacific interests

Media release

9 June 2011

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles is visiting Tokyo today for a series of meetings focusing on Australia and Japan’s shared interests in the Pacific.

Mr Marles will meet with his Japanese counterpart, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Makiko Kikuta, the President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Sadako Ogata, and other Japanese parliamentarians and officials.

"Australia and Japan cooperate closely to help promote development and stability in the Pacific," Mr Marles said.

"This visit, which is my second to Japan since becoming Parliamentary Secretary, underlines the importance of the Pacific to both our countries."

Discussions will focus on a range of issues including recent developments in Fiji, where Australia and Japan are working with the international community to urge Fiji to return to democracy and the rule of law, as well as an update on Japan’s preparations for hosting the Pacific Islands Leaders' Meeting (PALM 6) in May 2012.

Mr Marles will also discuss fisheries issues, in particular regional co-operation.

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