Fujii says he will skip G-20 finance meeting next week
Oct 26 11:05 PM US/Eastern
TOKYO, Oct. 27 (AP) - (Kyodo)—(EDS: ADDING DETAILS)
Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii said Tuesday he will skip next week's finance meeting of the Group of 20 major economies at St. Andrews in Scotland as he will give priority to domestic affairs.
"I was told by the chief Cabinet secretary not to go," Fujii said at a news conference, confirming Kyodo News' report Monday. "Japan is under special circumstances of having Diet (deliberations)."
As an extraordinary Diet session began Monday, Fujii said Senior Vice Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda will take part in the meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors Nov. 6-7 on his behalf.
The meeting will serve as a follow-up to the G-20 summit held in Pittsburgh in late September.
In Pittsburgh, the G-20 leaders agreed to transform the relatively new framework of major industrialized countries and emerging heavyweights into the "premier" global economic forum.
The G-20 consists of the Group of Seven industrialized countries -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States -- and fast-growing countries such as Brazil, China