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Defense Minister Nakatani's Visit to the U.S.

Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting

USADefense Minister Gen Nakatani visited the U.S. from April 26th to April 30th (U.S. Eastern time), where he took part in the Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee (SCC) Meeting (“2+2” Meeting) and the Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting. In addition, he participated in the Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting and visited U.S. force bases.

1. Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee (SCC) (“2+2” Meeting) (April 27th)

Minister Nakatani together with Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida met with their counterparts Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry at the 2+2 Meeting held in New York, where they approved the new Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation and issued the joint statement.

2. Meeting with U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan and Senator Mazie Hirono (April 27th)

Minister Nakatani met with Senator Dan Sullivan and Senator Mazie Hirono in Washington, D.C. and exchanged views on the new Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation and the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan.

Meeting with U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan Meeting with U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan
Meeting with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono Meeting with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono

3. Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting (April 28th)

Minister Nakatani participated in the Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting held at the White House, where both leaders affirmed that deterrence and response capabilities would be strengthened under the new Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation.

4. Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting (April 28th)

Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting

Minister Nakatani met with his counterpart Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at the U.S. Department of Defense for the second time. The Ministers agreed to strengthen cooperation with Southeast Asian countries and trilateral defense cooperation between Japan, the U.S. and the Republic of Korea. They also affirmed the importance of immediately implementing the content of the new Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation.

5. Visit to Naval Station Norfolk and Marine Corps Base Quantico (April 29th)

Minister Nakatani took Osprey from Washington, D.C., and visited Naval Station Norfolk and Marine Corps Base Quantico, both located in Virginia. At Naval Station Norfolk, he toured the USS Barry, a destroyer that will be deployed to Yokosuka in February 2016, and E-2D airborne early warning and control aircraft that will be procured by the ASDF. At Marine Corps Base Quantico, he met with Lieutenant General Glueck, Commanding General, Marine Corps Deputy Commandant of Combat Development Command (former III Marine Expeditionary Force Commander and Okinawa Area Coordinator), from who he asked for the cooperation of the U.S. Marine Corps for mitigating the impact of U.S. forces on Okinawa and enhancing the SDF’s amphibious capabilities.

Visit to Naval Station Norfolk and Marine Corps Base Quantico
Visit to Naval Station Norfolk and Marine Corps Base Quantico
Visit to Naval Station Norfolk and Marine Corps Base Quantico

6. Others

On April 26th, Minister Nakatani visited Ground Zero in New York where he laid a wreath of flowers. On 28th, he visited Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and met with General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. On 29th, he held a talk with U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, where both affirmed continued close cooperation to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. Alliance.

Laid a flower wreath at Ground Zero Laid a flower wreath at Ground Zero
Meeting with U.S. Secretary of the Navy Mabus Meeting with U.S. Secretary of the Navy Mabus
Met with General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Met with General Martin Dempsey,
the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Security Consultative Committee
- A Stronger Alliance for a Dynamic Security Environment -

The Security Consultative Committee

Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida, Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter convened the Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee (SCC) in New York on April 27th, 2015. In light of the evolving security environment, the Ministers reconfirmed the Alliance’s commitment to the security of Japan and to the maintenance of international peace and security.

The Ministers announced the approval and release of new, revised “Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation” (the Guidelines), which update the roles and missions of the two countries and promote a more balanced and effective Alliance to meet the emerging security challenges of the 21st century. The Ministers discussed a variety of regional and global challenges, initiatives to enhance bilateral security and defense cooperation in various areas, promotion of enhanced regional cooperation, and moving forward on the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan.

As articulated in its 2015 National Security Strategy, the United States is actively implementing its rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. Central to this is the ironclad U.S. commitment to the defense of Japan, through the full range of U.S. military capabilities, including nuclear and conventional. Japan highly values U.S. engagement in the region. In this context, the Ministers reaffirmed the indispensable role of the Japan-U.S. Alliance in promoting regional peace, security, and prosperity.

The Security Consultative Committee

As of Defense Japan continues its policy of “Proactive Contribution to Peace,” based on the principle of international cooperation, the United States welcomes and supports Japan’s recent monumental achievements. Among these are: the cabinet decision by the Government of Japan on July 1st, 2014, for developing seamless security legislation; the creation of its National Security Council; the Three Principles on Transfer Equipment and Technology; the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets; the Basic Act on Cybersecurity; the new Basic Plan on Space Policy; and the Development Cooperation Charter.

The Ministers affirmed that the Japan-U.S. Alliance, strengthened by the new Guidelines and the two countries’ respective security and defense policies, continues to serve as the cornerstone of peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region as well as a platform for promoting a more peaceful and stable international security environment.

The Ministers also reaffirmed that the Senkaku Islands are territories under the administration of Japan and therefore fall within the scope of the commitments under Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, and that they oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands

The Security Consultative Committee
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