I'm a cabinet minister.
Our country needs to cope with supply disruptions on the international market and we need to prioritise product supply (over crude), ... So we decided to cut mandatory commercial stock levels.
We are not planning to release any government-controlled crude oil stocks at this time.
With regards to the area under my jurisdiction, Japan has harmonized its policy with the EU and the United States.
Yes, I'm worried ... they're a country that's trying to become a market economy and we need them to take a proper response.
It's a scary country.
People around the world are wondering whether it's all right to pursue economic activity (in China).
I admire Mr. Koizumi, who stood by his beliefs, ... All China has to do is show a mature reaction. It's not for us to predict whether (the visit) had an effect or not.
In agriculture, there are things we must protect and those are sensitive products. Rice is of course included among sensitive products for Japan.
It is unfortunate there has been the development that we have had to interrupt the trade of beef with the United States. But once the problem is resolved, probably we are going to resume the trade.
I apologize for not fully explaining that there had been a change in the plan.
To restore consumer confidence, Japan may need to take its own measures, including inspections of designated facilities, for example.
We have to start over from zero regarding preventive measures.