All national dailies reported extensively on the 2+2 meeting held between the U.S. and Japanese foreign and defense ministers in Tokyo on Tuesday. They issued a joint statement criticizing China’s activities in the vicinity of the Senkaku Islands and expressed “serious concern” over China’s new coast guard law. They confirmed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The joint statement said that the Senkaku Islands fall within the scope of Article V of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty and that the two nations continue to oppose any actions that attempt to undermine Japan’s administration of the islands.
They also agreed on security cooperation in new domains, such as outer space and cyberspace, and on promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. and Japanese officials agreed to hold another 2+2 meeting later this year. The four ministers also agreed on the need for the U.S. military and the SDF to increase their joint exercises to maintain the deterrence of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Furthermore, the two governments confirmed their commitment to seek the complete denuclearization of the DPRK. They also agreed on the importance of trilateral cooperation with South Korea and the need for immediate resolution of the abduction issue.