The following is the gist of the Japan-U.S. foreign ministers’ meeting:
Situation in the region:
The foreign ministers agreed that the security environment in East Asia is harsh, citing the issues of North Korea’s nuclear and missile development as well as the situations in the East China Sea and the South China Sea. They confirmed the importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance and agreed to strengthen Japan-U.S. cooperation. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida described Japan-China and Japan-South Korea relations.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture fall under the scope of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, which stipulates U.S. obligations regarding the defense of Japan.
U.S. Forces in Japan:
The two leaders confirmed that the relocation of the U.S. military’s Futenma Base (Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture) to Henoko in Nago City is the only solution.
Economic relations: Foreign Minister Kishida emphasized the economic and strategic importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.