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Japan FM sees improving investment climate

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso voiced satisfaction with an improving investment climate in Hungary at a news conference following a Friday meeting with the Prime Minister and Minister of Economics.

Aso met earlier with Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány and Economics Minister János Kóka, who described the government's efforts to improve opportunities for Japanese businesspersons.

Hungarian FM Kinga Göncz, speaking at the same news conference, said that problems surrounding residence permit renewals, recognition of drivers' licenses, and dual social insurance payments affecting Japanese business officials living in Hungary appeared to be resolved.

Aso said Japan believes that the Visegrád Four countries - Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland - can play a role in a new value-oriented foreign policy scheme his country initiated last November. (