(Asahi: April 30, 2015 – p. 4)
Following is the gist of the Japan-U.S. summit held in Washington on April 28:
President Barack Obama: I thank Prime Minister Abe for his strong leadership. The Japanese economy is revitalized and Japan is working vigorously on the Abenomics policies.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: My visit to the U.S. in the year marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II is of historical significance. Through today’s meeting, I would like to send out a strong message, both nationally and internationally, that the Japan-U.S. alliance will play a leading role in promoting peace and prosperity in Asia and the Pacific and the world.
Abe: We are working earnestly on Japan’s security legislations.
Obama: We support Japan’s efforts.
Abe: I just met with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, who voiced his opposition to Henoko relocation. I told him that we stand firm on the position that Henoko relocation is the only solution. Reducing Okinawa’s base-hosting burden is a top priority issue, if only to obtain Okinawa’s understanding.
Obama: We will continue our efforts to reduce Okinawa’s burden.
Abe: We welcome Congress’s deliberation of the TPA (trade promotion authority) bill and appreciate your efforts.
Obama, Abe: Progress in bilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks will serve as a major driving force for the overall TPP agreement. We will exercise leadership in the Japan-U.S. negotiations.
Abe: (With regard to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank [AIIB],) we share the recognition of the great demand for infrastructure in Southeast Asia. It is necessary to ensure proper governance and environmental awareness.