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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
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Commissioner Borg in three-day Japan visit
Maltese European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Joe Borg is in Tokyo for a three-day visit to Japan.
Mr Borg is set to meet with members of the Japanese Government as well with top level fisheries officials, fisheries managers and stakeholders. Bilateral relations, the move towards a Maritime Policy in the European Union (EU), the newly adopted Japans Maritime Policy and other fisheries-related issues will be discussed during the various meetings.
This is the first time that Commissioner Borg will visit Japan since taking up his post as Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs.
"As leading fish producers in the world, the EU and Japan share a common interest in working together to achieve sustainable fisheries. The EU and Japan are also moving towards a more integrated approach to their maritime activities. I therefore look forward to exchanging views and ideas on our respective initiatives in this field and to strengthen the EU/Japan partnership in improving the governance of the high seas." Commissioner Borg commented.
The first day of Mr Borgs includes a lecture at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology where he will be welcomed by Mr Takai, University Rector. The Commissioner is to speak of the future EU Maritime Policy and emphasise the efforts being made in both international and national fora to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries by strengthening the effectiveness and control abilities of regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs).
The second day is devoted to discussions with the Japanese authorities and stakeholders. Commissioner Borg is expected to meet with the Minister of Environment and acting Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mr. Wakabayashi, the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Asano and the Commissioner for Japans Fisheries Agency, Mr Shirasu. He is also expected to meet with the President of the Nippon Foundation, Mr Ogata, Mr Nakazu, President of the Japanese Fisheries Association and the Executive Director for the organisation for the promotion of responsible tuna fisheries, Mr Harada.
Mr Borgs programme also comprises a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market, which is the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, and a tour of the Hachijojima Island to visit the fishing ports and fishing centres. The Commissioner will leave Japan on Sunday morning for a visit to Hong Kong where he will meet with Hong Kong authorities and address meetings of the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) which will be holding a conference there next week.
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