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1 THE PRESIDENT: This sitting, as was agreed, will be devoted to the submission on
2 behalf of Japan. I now invite His Excellency the Agent for Japan to introduce the
3 representation and indicate the schedule of submissions.
5 MR TOGO: Mr President, distinguished Members of the Tribunal. May it please the
6 Tribunal. I feel it a great honour today to be given this opportunity to speak as Agent
7 of the Government of Japan on this important issue concerning the Japanese catch
8 of southern bluefin tuna. It is indeed such a great privilege, such a unique
9 opportunity for me to be able to speak and to explain to you some of the vision and
10 direction which my country has been harbouring and those concrete achievements
11 we have already made in order to realize the important objective of conservation and
12 optimum utilization of southern bluefin tuna.
14 But before going into concrete matters, I would like to echo wholeheartedly the
15 statement made by Mr Daryl Williams, that the relationship between Australia and of
16 course New Zealand on the one hand, and Japan on the other, is multifaceted and
17 strong, and precisely because of this strength, our countries will survive
18 disagreements on particular questions such as the conservation of southern bluefin
21 Honourable Judges, it is a great honour to appear before you as the Agent of the
22 Government of Japan. As I have already introduced to you yesterday, I appear with
23 Professor Nisuke Ando, President of the Japanese Association of International Law,
24 and Mr Robert Greig, partner with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and
25 Hamilton of New York.