Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan hosted Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya at the Pentagon to discuss the defense relationship between their countries.
Earlier in the day, the two defense leaders and their nations’ top diplomats — Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo — participated in a “2-plus-2” meeting at the State Department.
The United States and Japan have shared goals in the Indo-Pacific region and are allies.
As an important partner, Japan participates with the United States and other partners in a number of bilateral and multilateral exercises including:
The U.S.-Japan alliance was strengthened in 2015 through the release of the revised U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines, which provide for new and expanded forms of security-oriented cooperation. Japan provides bases as well as financial and material support to U.S. forward-deployed forces, which are essential for maintaining stability in the region.
- April 19, 2019 at 11:37 pm by USA Editor (displayed above)
- April 19, 2019 at 11:37 pm by USA Editor