Chirac schedules Japan visit for World Expo

24th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

TOKYO, Feb 24 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac will visit Japan in late March for the opening of the six-month World Exposition in central Aichi prefecture, French Foreign Trade Minister Francois Loos said Thursday.

TOKYO, Feb 24 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac will visit Japan in late March for the opening of the six-month World Exposition in central Aichi prefecture, French Foreign Trade Minister Francois Loos said Thursday.

"The president is coming for the Aichi opening and will take part in a seminar on sustainable development," Loos told a news conference.

Japan hopes 15 million people will visit the World Expo, which will run from March 25 to September 25 with the main theme of how to make technology friendly to the environment.

For the first time at a World Expo, France and Germany will run a joint pavilion with the display's 3,240 square meters (34,880 square feet) set to be the biggest in Aichi.

Loos was in Tokyo on a three-day visit meant mostly to promote cooperation in technology between France and Japan.

"Our policy in this area is to increase the number of exchanges" between laboratories and businesses, he said.

Japan and its close ally the United States have expressed concern about a plan championed by France to end the European Union embargo on selling arms to China.

Loos said France understands Japan's concerns. "Clearly, France has no intention of doing anything that could harm Japan's security."

The arms embargo has been in place since the massacre of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.

"Exports of advanced arms and their deployment would cause a rise in tension here," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda, the Japanese government spokesman, said Monday. "Our country is concerned about it.

© AFP

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