On Tuesday 15 May, Mr. Reinhard Todt, President of the Federal Council of the Republic of Austria, who was in Japan at the invitation of the House of Councillors of Japan, visited the House of Representatives with his delegation and met with Mr. Tadamori Oshima, Speaker; Mr. Hirotaka Akamatsu, Vice-Speaker; and Mr. Keiji Furuya, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rules and Administration.
Speaker Oshima began by welcoming the delegation to Japan. Noting that the next year would celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries, he expressed hope that bilateral ties could be deepened further. While hoping for further cultural exchange, including in music and sports, he referred to issues with North Korea and stated the economic importance of the free trade system.
In reply, thanking Mr. Oshima for his welcome, Mr. Todt celebrated direct flights between the two countries having resumed service on that very day. He stated that the two countries should take this opportunity to further bilateral exchange, and also called for the two countries with shared values to further cooperate with each other.