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DOS assistant secretary visits Japan for the first time

Assistant Secretary of State David Stilwell (for East Asian and Pacific Affairs) arrived in Japan on July 11 for the first time after taking office. He will stay in Japan until July 14 to meet and discuss with senior Japanese government officials the building of security in the Asia-Pacific region, North Korea’s denuclearization, and the response to the Iran situation.


He will apparently also discuss Japan-ROK relations following Japan’s tightened controls on semiconductor material exports imposed on South Korea.


Stilwell was appointed to the post on June 20. During 2008 through 2010, he was commander of the U.S. forces Misawa base. “I am glad that I was able to come back to Japan,” he told the press after arriving at Narita Airport.


Stilwell will be in the region through July 21. He will also visit the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand.

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