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Gist of joint statement by Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee

  • 2015-04-28 15:00:00
  • , Mainichi
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(Mainichi: April 28, 2015 – p.5)

 

 <The Outline>

 Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, State Secretary Kerry, and Defense Secretary Carter reconfirmed the commitment to the alliance and announced the new “Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation” (Guidelines). Against the background of Japan’s continuing the policy of “proactive pacifism,” the U.S. welcomes and supports its recent important achievements. The four ministers reaffirmed that the Senkaku Islands are under Japan’s administration and within the scope of Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty; and that the two governments will oppose a unilateral action that attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of the islands.

 

 <Regional and International Cooperation>

 The four ministers stressed the progress in the following areas:

 

· Continuous and close cooperation in enhancing capabilities of partners, especially in Southeast Asia including providing off-shore patrol vessels.

 

· The expansion of trilateral and multinational cooperation among major partners, especially the ROK, Australia, and the Southeast Asian countries. The four ministers emphasized signing an agreement on the trilateral information-sharing with the ROK regarding the threat of DPRK’s nuclear and missile.

 

 <Transformation of the U.S. Forces Japan>

 The four ministers reaffirmed that constructing alternative facilities for the USMC Futenma Air Station at Camp Schwab in the Henoko area and in the adjacent waters is the best solution to deal with operational, political, financial, and strategic challenges, as well as avoiding continuous use of the Futenma base. The U.S. welcomes steady and continuous progress in the construction.

 

 The four ministers reaffirmed the importance of returning the land located south of the Kadena airfield and expressed their resolution to continue working on the implementation of the consolidation plan agreed on in April 2013, expecting that the plan will be updated by spring of 2016.

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