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Defense Minister at "Two-plus-Two" Meeting

The "Two-plus-Two" Meeting
The "Two-plus-Two" Meeting

Minister of State for Defense Fukushiro Nukaga visited Washington, D.C., from April 30 to May 3. The focal point of the visit was the Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting on May 1 -the so-called Two-plus-Two Meeting. Attending were Nukaga and Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Aso from Japan and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld from the United States. After the meeting two documents, a joint statement and "United States-Japan Roadmap for Realignment Implementation," were issued.
    The participants exchanged views on the international situation, the transformation and realignment of the Japan-U.S. alliance, and Japan's humanitarian and reconstruction assistance in Iraq, and approved implementation details for the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, which has been the subject of energetic discussion for some time. They expressed their intention to responsibly address the steady implementation of specific measures. In regard to bilateral roles, missions, and capabilities, they confirmed the importance of cooperation in such areas as bilateral contingency planning, information sharing and intelligence cooperation, and ballistic missile defense.
    On May 3 Nukaga met with Rumsfeld at the Department of Defense for top-level defense talks. They discussed specific ways of advancing the realignment implementation agreed on at the May 1 meeting.

Nukaga (right) in conference
Nukaga (right) in conference
Nukaga and Rumsfeld
Nukaga and Rumsfeld