Cordial and productive bilateral meeting between President Pahor and Japanese PM Abe, and visit to KEK Institute

Tokyo, 23. 10. 2019 | press release

Today, President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor met with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. The atmosphere at the meeting was one of great personal fondness and excellent relations between the two countries. President Pahor thanked Prime Minister Abe for the opportunity to have a special bilateral meeting in the days when Tokyo was hosting numerous world leaders. Slovenia sees this as a sign of recognition and special attention from Japan, he said.

The Japanese Prime Minister thanked the President of Slovenia for attending the ceremonies accompanying the enthronement of the new emperor, and President Pahor remarked that he rarely took part in such events.

The last meeting of the two statesmen in 2013 was followed by numerous government-level visits, including the 2016 visit to Japan from the Prime Minister of Slovenia, resulting in lively economic cooperation. Plenty of other opportunities still exist on both sides, and the door is wide open. President Pahor stressed that business culture was more important than mere capital, and Japan's business culture was very close to that in Slovenia.

Prime Minister Abe believes that Slovenia is interesting for Japan because it is a member of both the EU and NATO and has excellent relationships with all the countries in the Western Balkan region. President Pahor responded to the PM's interest by mentioning a possible collaboration as part of the Brdo-Brijuni Process.

The two statesmen discussed the situation in the Korean Peninsula, agreeing that a peaceful solution should be sought and paths to reconciliation pursued. Expressing his support for reconciliation, President Pahor added that he understood Japan's concerns regarding the unpredictability of the North Korean leader.

At the end of their talk, Prime Minister Abe said casually that he would like to visit the country he had heard so much about, and President Borut Pahor said that he would be pleased to welcome him to Slovenia.

Cordial and productive bilateral meeting between President Pahor and Japanese PM Abe, and visit to KEK Institute
Photo: Japan Prime minister office

Today President Pahor is in Tsukoba visiting the KEK Institute, where Slovenian scientists are collaborating on a new physics research project of global significance, conducting research using the Super KEKB/Belle II collider to find antimatter. This year, 18 Slovenian researchers from the Jo┼żef Stefan Institute, the University of Ljubljana, the University of Maribor and the University of Nova Gorica are participating in the project. President Pahor met with the Institute's Director General Professor Dr Masanori Yamauchi and Slovenian scientists and visited the supercollider.

Cordial and productive bilateral meeting between President Pahor and Japanese PM Abe, and visit to KEK Institute
Photo: KEK for UPRS

For exceptional merit in promoting Slovenian science in the world, President Pahor conferred upon Professor Dr Masanori Yamauchi the Order of Merit.

Before returning to Slovenia tonight (local time), President Pahor attended a banquet hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan as part of the ceremony marking the enthronement of the new emperor.

Cordial and productive bilateral meeting between President Pahor and Japanese PM Abe, and visit to KEK Institute
Photo: KEK for UPRS