Many issues for visit of Japanese PM

The visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be a diplomatic balancing act for New Zealand.

Mr Abe will hold talks with Prime Minister John Key in Auckland on Monday, with a joint press conference about 10.25am.

The first visit of a Japanese leader since 2002 will be a major test of New Zealand’s diplomacy as there are tensions between Japan and China, New Zealand’s major trading partner, says Robert Ayson, Professor of Strategic Studies at Victoria University.

“It is quite clear that the New Zealand government regards its relationship with China as its most important in Asia,” he said.

Mr Abe will want New Zealand’s endorsement of Japan’s stronger role in regional security, Prof Ayson said.

This week Mr Abe is also visiting Australia, which has become Japan’s second closest security partner after the US.

“Australia-Japan security relations are likely to be even closer after Mr Abe’s visit, but it is likely that the Key government will want to emphasise other issues in the New Zealand-Japan relationship,” Prof Ayson said.

Green Party oceans spokesman Gareth Hughes wants Mr Key to deliver a strong message that hunting whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is unacceptable and unlawful.

“As one of the countries that took Japan to the International Court of Justice over whaling, and won, we must keep up the pressure on Japan to turn its back on slaughtering whales in the Southern Ocean,” he said.

“The prime minister and New Zealand officials need to make it clear to Japan that any move to resume whaling under the pretext of scientific purposes will not be tolerated by our government.”

Mr Abe is flying to Christchurch to pay his respects to the 28 Japanese citizens who lost their lives in the February 2011 earthquake.

He last visited New Zealand in 1997 as a member of the Japanese parliament.

His grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, was the first Japanese prime minister to visit New Zealand in 1957.

The last Japanese prime minister to visit New Zealand was Junichiro Koizumi in 2002.

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