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 “Critical Review & Analysis of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Visit to Tehran”

Japan's Chief Expert: Abe's trip to Tehran was Stalwart and positive.

 

In the meeting which was held by the Iranian International Studies Association (IISA) and hosting the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) on Tuesday, 9 July, 2019, subsequences of Abe's trip to Tehran has been Scrutinized by Professor Naghizadeh, Japan's chief expert, and Reza Zabib, Assistant Secretary of State for Asian and Pacific Affairs.

 

 

At the beginning, Professor Nagyizadeh emphasized: “Japan seeks firm foothold in the Middle East and hence peace and stability in the region”.

Professor Naqizadeh said: "Shinzo Abe seeks an active role and to be more involved in regional and international developments. Therefore, His visit to Tehran was also for finding a status for Japan's presence. However, Abe and Trump had special meetings over this visit to Tehran, but the will of the US and Trump were not the only cause of the visit.

 

 

He, also, noted: “I believe Iran needs to build a joint refinery with the Japanese and provide them with all the Japanese need for petroleum products, as crude oil exports are contrary to production policy," this university professor, also, said: “Selling crude oil is not income but is selling our assets. However, during recent years, crude oil has become the country's asset from income.  

He added that Japan is a vertical society, for example Mitsubishi factory employees are only associated with Mitsubishi employees, but Iranians behave both horizontally and vertically, so we see Iranians are commenting in all areas of expertise.

Nagi Zadeh said Japan tends to "right" as "Right-wingers now have more young fans in Japan."  There is no longer samurai mind that we know about the Japanese in the past. Their government is the same, and Mr Abe is likely to win the next election. Shinzo Abe will remain in power for another four years if elected in September this year and would be the Japan's longest-serving prime minister.

At the end this university professor and Japanese affairs expert said, “Just having rich resources would change nothing, our attitude towards economy should change.

 

 

Reza Zabib, Assistant Secretary of State for Asian and Pacific Affairs, referred to Japan's Middle East policy and quoted Japan’s outlook towards the Middle East is based on energy and oil. As a major economy, Japan has to consider the Middle East from energy standpoint, in fact it tries to have a balanced approach with the major energy producing countries in the region. He added that stability in the Middle East is the Japanese national goal however it would be in spite of the US policy, the Japanese main strategic partner.  

Iranian Assistant Secretary of State also said it seems the Japanese approach towards the Middle East has altered because in addition to Shinzo Abe's trip to Tehran after 41 years, five prime-ministerial trips to the region has been done, too.  The Japanese Foreign Minister also stated that their foreign policy is based on five axes: "peace and stability in the Middle East which is directly linked to peace and prosperity in the global economy, including Japan", "strengthening of Japan's political partnership", "Having impartial status on religions in the Middle East. “Japan also has a special relationship with the United States and trying to play an effective role in reducing tensions and making peace and stability”.

 In response to the question that Would Shinzo Abe travel to Iran if it was no message from Trump”? He said: Abe's message was not a specific message; it was what Trump had said many times. Also, he was asked about the Rouhani’s invitation to the G-20 summit by Shinzo Abe, and he answered that the G-20 summit has its own definitions, but that was not the case.

At the end of the meeting, Ziauddin Sabouri, head of the International Relations Study Association (IISA), while referring to the Iranian community's sensitivity to political issues, especially Shinzo Abe's visit to Tehran, stated: "Although Abe's visit to Tehran was delayed but it was in the context of bilateral relations and with Mr Abe's sagacity has done at a crucial time. In fact The Japanese prime minister's visit to Tehran promoted the position of the country to a mediator in the world, which is an important achievement for Abe”.

 

Source: IISA
Published Date: 1398/05/12 - 19:33
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