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Gist of teleconference between Japan, U.S. leaders on Oct. 5, 2021

[The following is the gist of the teleconference between Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and U.S. President Joe Biden.]

 

Japan-U.S. relationship

 

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio: The Japan-U.S. alliance will remain the cornerstone of Japan’s foreign and security policy during my tenure.

 

President Joe Biden: The U.S. is committed to defending Japan and sees the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture as falling under Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty. To promote a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” the U.S. hopes to strengthen its bilateral ties with Japan over the next several years.

 

Both leaders: We will work to further strengthen the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. alliance. We will make arrangements for an in-person summit at an early date.

 

International affairs

 

Both leaders: We will work closely in handling China and the DPRK. We will also work together in our responses to COVID-19, climate change, and “eliminating nuclear weapons from the face of the earth.”

 

DPRK

 

Prime Minister Kishida: I seek understanding of and cooperation in immediately resolving the issue of the abduction of Japanese nationals.

 

President Biden: I will support you in this.

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