NHK reported this morning that Defense Minister Iwaya met with Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan in Washington early this morning (Japan time). The two defense chiefs confirmed the important role of the Japan-U.S. alliance in preserving regional and global peace and security. They also agreed on strengthening the alliance for a free and open Indo-Pacific. NHK speculated that the two sides confirmed close cooperation in space and cyberspace with China in mind and that the two countries will continue to demand the implementation of UN resolutions in order to achieve the full denuclearization of North Korea. Iwaya reportedly also explained to Shanahan that Japan is examining how to handle the fire-control radar incident with the ROK so as not to affect trilateral security cooperation.