Japan

30 June 2009, Tokyo

Opening remark at joint press encounter with Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone

(Unofficial transcript)

Nakasone daijin domo arigato gozaimashita. Minasama konbanwa. Ichinen buri ni Nihon ni mairimashita. Imakara eigo de hanashimasu.

(Minister Nakasone, thank you very much. Good evening everyone. It has been a year since I visited Japan last. I will now speak in English.)

09 July 2008, Toyako, Hokkaido

Statement on the Group of Eight summit

I am grateful at the focused discussions by the Group of Eight (G8) and other world leaders in Toyako, Hokkaido, on the three interrelated global crises of climate change, food security and development. The discussion here provides initial direction for global efforts that must be accelerated in the coming weeks and months.

08 July 2008, Sapporo

Address at Hokkaido University

Saeki Hiroshi Gakucho, Kyushokuin to gakusei no minasama ohayogozaimasu. Watashi wa Kokuren Jimusocho no Ban Ki-moon desu. Minasama ni omenikakarete koei desu.

Dr. Hiroshi Saeki, President of Hokkaido University, Distinguished faculty, Dear students, Good Morning,

I am Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations. It is an honour to meet all of you.

I hope my UN staff has understood what I said.

01 July 2008, Tokyo

Press conference at Japan National Press Club

[Unofficial transcript]

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, of the media. It is a great pleasure to meet you during my visit to Japan. This is going to be my last official function. I am just leaving right after this meeting to China.

01 July 2008, Tokyo

Remarks to the breakfast meeting with the Japan Institute for International Affairs

[As prepared for delivery]

Thank you very much, Ambassador Satoh, for your kind introduction and for hosting this breakfast in my honour. It was wonderful to work with you at the United Nations, and I congratulate you on your leadership of this Institute.

You have assembled today a distinguished group of parliamentarians and other dignitaries. I am keen to answer your questions, so I'll try to keep my remarks brief, but I do want to say a few words about my priorities as United Nations Secretary-General and how I see Japan as a key partner in addressing them.

30 June 2008, Tokyo

Remarks at a joint press encounter with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda

Minasama, konnichiwa.

I am honoured to be surrounded by so many friends and familiar faces. I have been to Japan many times as a diplomat and I am truly feeling among friends here.

As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I cannot over-emphasize the importance of Japan’s leading and active role in the Organization, as well as my deep appreciation for its immense contribution to our work.

Prime Minister Fukuda and I had an excellent discussion on the major challenges the world faces, as well as practical ways to address them through the United Nations.

29 June 2008, Kyoto

Remarks at Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change

Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, President-elect of Kyoto University,

Distinguished panelists,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Dear young students,

Minasama ohayogozaimasu. Ogenkidesuka.

I am delighted to be here and it's a great honour for me as the Secretary-General of the United Nations to visit to Japan for the first time after 18 months into my office. It is also a great pleasure for me to spend a day, the first day during my official visit to Japan.

29 June 2008, Tokyo

Remarks at reception with leaders of the Global Compact Japan Network

[Spoken in Japanese.]

Toshio Arima Kaicho, Takasu Taishi and Minasama konnichiwa.

Tokyo de Kokuren no Global Compact Japan member ni oaidekite koueide gozaimasu.

Imakara Eigode Hanashimasu. [It is indeed an honor to meet in Tokyo with members of the Global Compact Japan. Now I will speak in English.]

This is a great pleasure to meet all of you. In fact, this is the first time for me to come in the public place without a tie. This is a part of my commitment to support the Japanese Government's “cool biz” to conserve energy.