Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today in Tokyo in advance of the prime minister’s visit to Washington later this month. The two leaders reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Japan Alliance and the importance of its contributions to peace and security both in the Asia-Pacific region and around the globe. They agreed that the revision of the Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation is a historic moment for the U.S.-Japan Alliance, opening new opportunities for security and defense cooperation, including on issues like responding to pandemic health crises and providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief around the world. The prime minister assured Secretary Carter of Japan’s continued support of the bilateral realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, including the Futenma Replacement Facility. Secretary Carter and Prime Minister Abe also shared perspectives on the regional security situation.
Release No: NR-114-15
April 08, 2015