Remarks from Japanese Prime Minister Abe crossing the news outlets

  • He has said he will call on Russia and China to take on more of a constructive role in dealing with North Korea

This in reference to the missile launch this morning

On eco issues:

  • Some issues are still to be resolved in trade talks with the EU
  • Fumio Kishida (Minister for Foreign Affairs) is off to Brussels today for talks
  • Swift agreement is important in the face of global protectionism


This all in the context of Abe's big loss in the Tokyo election on Sunday. Abe will want to be seen to be doing something ...