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Courtesy Call by US Navy Secretary Winter

Minister Hamada, right, shaking hands with Navy Secretary Winter.
Minister Hamada, right, shaking hands with Navy Secretary Winter.
On September 26, Defense Minister Hamada received a courtesy call from US Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter at the Ministry of Defense, and the two discussed various issues.
    Secretary Winter was aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, which arrived at the port of Yokosuka on September 25. He thanked Minister Hamada for Japan’s cooperation in the deployment of the aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, adding that Japan's replenishment support activities in the Indian Ocean are a great contribution to the fight against terrorism. He expressed gratitude for Japan’s efforts and his hope that the activities would continue. Referring to the realignment of US forces in Japan, including the relocation of US Marines from Okinawa to Guam, Minister Hamada stated that he hoped to resolve pending issues one by one and to move steadily forward with realignment. In response, Secretary Winter stated that the US government would continue bilateral dialogue and make efforts for its realization.