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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, May 5, 1997 Volume 33--Number 18 Pages 587-636 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Democratic National Committee gala--626 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial--631, 632 Library of Congress, 100th anniversary of the Thomas Jefferson Building--618 Pennsylvania, Presidents' Summit for America's Future in Philadelphia Kickoff--604 Luncheon--610 Opening ceremony--607 President's Service Awards presentation--605 Students, teachers, parents, and AmeriCorps volunteers--612 Radio address--599 Saxophone Club--629 White House Correspondents' Association dinner--601 Bill Signings Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997, statement--617 Communications to Congress Cyprus, letter transmitting report--613 Communications to Federal Agencies Excused absence for employees affected by the flooding of the Red River and its aftermath, memorandum--618 Use of funds for the U.S. contribution to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, memorandum--599 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Oval Office--615 Interviews With the News Media--Continued Interview with Jacobo Goldstein of CNN Radio Noticias--621 News conference with Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto of Japan, April 25 (No. 142)--587 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Japan, Prime Minister Hashimoto--587 Spain, President Aznar--615 Proclamations Loyalty Day--625 Older Americans Month--625 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings ``Adoption Promotion Act of 1997,'' House action--617 Economic expansion and job creation--616 Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, interim report--624 Sentencing Commission action on penalties for drug offenses--614 Senate confirmation of Alexis Herman as Secretary of Labor--617 Senate resolution establishing a national day to erase the hate and eliminate racism--617 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--636 Checklist of White House press releases--635 Digest of other White House announcements--634 Nominations submitted to the Senate--635 WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. 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[[Page 587]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 587-599] Monday, May 5, 1997 Volume 33--Number 18 Pages 587-636 Week Ending Friday, May 2, 1997 The President's News Conference With Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto of Japan April 25, 1997 President Clinton. Good afternoon. Before we begin the discussion of my meetings with the Prime Minister, let me say that I have just come from signing the instrument of ratification to the Chemical Weapons Convention, along with the Vice President and the Secretary of State and others who worked very hard for it. Last night's strong bipartisan vote in the Senate will keep our soldiers and our citizens safer, and it will send a clear signal that Americans of both parties are united in their resolve to maintain the leadership of our Nation into the next century. It is very appropriate that the vote took place last night when I was visiting with the Prime Minister and that the signing took place a moment ago while Prime Minister Hashimoto was here, because Japan set a very strong example for the world by ratifying this treaty more than a year ago. I am particularly pleased on this historic day to welcome the Prime Minister to Washington. Over the last 2 years, Ryu and I have met many times. We've built a good friendship that reflects the shared values and interests of the world's two strongest democracies and leading economies. Today's discussions were no exception. The Prime Minister and I continued our work to make sure that our partnership meets the challenges of the new century. Our security alliance remains the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Building on the joint declaration we signed in Japan last April, we are strengthening our cooperation while reducing the burden of our bases on the Japanese people. Today we reviewed recent progress in consolidating some of our bases in Okinawa in ways that reflect our continuing sensitivity to their effect on the lives of the Okinawan people. I particularly appreciate the strong leadership and support for our alliance the Prime Minister showed in passing legislation to enable our forces to continue using these important facilities. We also discussed regional security, including our joint interest in promoting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. The United States and Japan are united in urging North Korea to accept the standing offer for four-party peace talks. I want to thank the Prime Minister for Japan's role in the Korean Energy Development Organization that has helped to keep North Korea's dangerous nuclear program frozen. The Prime Minister and I agreed on the critical importance of cooperative relations with China. We also agreed on the need for the international community to stand firmly behind the progress of democracy in Cambodia. We both recognize the importance of keeping our economic relationship moving in the right direction. Over the last 4 years we've worked hard to open markets and achieve a better balance in our trade and investment ties. I told Prime Minister Hashimoto we need to build on this success to create new opportunities in key sectors for both the workers of our country and broad benefits for the consumers of Japan. We both want to promote strong domestic demand-led growth in Japan and to avoid a significant increase in Japan's external surplus. These are essential to sustaining the progress that has been made. I welcome the Prime Minister's commitment to restructuring Japan's economy, including his support of far-reaching deregulation. An ambitious reform program should bring economic benefits to Japan and improve market access for American and other foreign firms. To this end, we have agreed to intensify talks on deregulation under our framework agreement. [[Page 588]] Among the global issues we discussed were preparations for this June's Summit of the Eight in Denver and how we can work together to strengthen reform in the United Nations. Tomorrow, the Vice President and the Prime Minister will discuss our common agenda to fight disease, protect the environment, and meet other important common challenges. Finally, let me say I had the opportunity to thank the Prime Minister for Japan's efforts to bring our young people closer together. The new Fulbright Memorial Fund will send 5,000 American high school teachers and administrators to Japan over the next 5 years. We welcome the Prime Minister's initiatives to send high school students from Okinawa to study in the United States and will increase our funding for American students to do the same there. These ties of friendship reflect the shared values that underpin our vital alliance. If you will permit me to quote a Haiku poem, ``Old friends standing tall, spring sunlight on their shoulders, makes them move as one.'' Moving as one in this time of challenge and change, that's what Prime Minister Hashimoto and I are committed to see the United States and Japan do. Mr. Prime Minister, welcome. Prime Minister Hashimoto. Well, I am pleased to be able to make this official visit to Washington, DC, and to have had a thorough exchange of views with President Clinton. Last night, the President invited me for drinks, and we had an enjoyable evening at the White House. There I conveyed to him my sympathies for the damage caused by the flood in the Midwest. I also was able to express joint pleasure at the approval of the Chemical Weapons Convention by the Senate. I had 3 hours of frank discussion with Bill as friends and as leaders of the two countries. I believe we have the following four points as the main themes. The first theme is the security relationship, which is the foundation of a Japan-U.S. friendship and alliance. We fully agreed that we must further enhance the security relationship and based on the Japan-U.S. Joint Declaration on Security issued last April. I explained to President Clinton the efforts my administration has been making on issues concerning Okinawa and its top priority task to secure a solid basis for the stable security relationship. President Clinton made it clear that he will continue to be sensitive to, and cooperative on, issues concerning Okinawa, including the steady implementation of the SACO final report. With regard to the review of the guidelines for Japan-U.S. defense cooperation, we'll intensify this joint task as we head towards this fall. I'd also like to ensure full transparency both at home and abroad of the review process. We also reaffirmed our commitment in the joint declaration that in response to changes which may arise on the international security environment, we'll continue to consult closely on defense policies and military postures, including the U.S. force structure in Japan which will best meet the requirements of the two Governments. The second theme is the economic relationship. I gave to the President updates on the reforms now being undertaken in Japan by the Government and political parties in unison, especially on structural reforms, including the fiscal reform and consolidation, deregulation, and financial system reform. I must say that these reforms do have great relevance to maintaining and enhancing the good bilateral economic relationship we enjoy today. The President welcomed my commitment to restructuring Japan's economy, including far-reaching deregulation. We both support the common objective of avoiding a significant increase in Japan's external surplus by promoting strong domestic demand-led growth in Japan. Furthermore, we have decided to have the officials of the two Governments start discussions on how we could enhance the Japan-U.S. dialog on deregulation under our framework. The third theme is furtherance of peace and prosperity in the Asia- Pacific region under Japan-U.S. cooperation and joint leadership. In this context, the President and I agreed on the special significance of establishing constructive, cooperative relations with China. We reaffirmed that Japan, the United States, and the Republic of Korea will continue to deal with issues concerning the Korean Peninsula, including early realization [[Page 589]] of the four-party talks and promotion of the activities by the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, or KEDO, under tripartite coordination. On Cambodia, there was concurrence of views that the international community needs to send out a political message for the stability of Cambodia under consolidation of democracy. I have dispatched Mr. Komura, the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, to Cambodia, to fulfill this task. The last, and the fourth theme, is Japan-U.S. cooperation on global issues. It was reconfirmed in our meeting that we will further coordinate our policies on such wide-ranging issues as the Denver summit, antiterrorism and anticrime measures, United Nations reforms, cooperation with Russia, and the Middle East peace process. I'd like to note here that the seizure of the Japanese Ambassador's
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