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Hagel, Japan's Kishida Discuss Strengthening U.S.-Japan Alliance

Published on 10 February 2014

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Washington, D.C.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met at the Pentagon February 7 to discuss deepening and enhancing bilateral cooperation.

Hagel expressed appreciation for the Japanese government’s efforts in moving forward on the replacement facility for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma at Camp Schwab-Henoko Bay on the island of Okinawa, the Pentagon said in a statement on its website.

“The two nations are committed to working together to reduce the impact of training on Okinawans,” the statement added.

Hagel also endorsed a forward-looking revision of the 1997 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation to enable Japan to play a more active role in promoting regional peace and stability, the Pentagon said.

“Secretary Hagel said the United States would continue to cooperate closely with Japan on strengthening and broadening the alliance to meet the security challenges of the 21st century,” the Pentagon statement said.

Kishida also met with Secretary of State Kerry February 7.



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Posted 2014-02-10 15:35:00