Telephone Conversation between Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States

January 23, 2009

     For about 15 minutes from 8 am on January 23 (6 pm on January 22, EST (her first working day)), Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone, Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a telephone call from Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States.  The gist of the conversation is as follows.

  1. In response to Mr. Nakasone’s congratulations on her appointment as the Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton said that the Japan-U.S. alliance was a cornerstone of the U.S. policy toward Asia, and expected to work together in addressing the issues which the international community was facing with.
  2. Mr. Nakasone and Mrs. Clinton also agreed to strengthen the cooperative relations between the two countries, especially in the following three points:  
  3. (1)   Through making the best use of “smart power” of both countries, to enhance partnership in fields such as 1) assistance for the stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2) the situation in the Middle East, 3) the handling of financial and global economic issues, 4) climate change/ energy, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and the development of Africa, and to cooperate in the UN Security Council;

    (2)   To cooperate in securing the peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, including addressing the North Korean issues including the abduction issue;
         In particular, as to the abduction issue, Mrs. Clinton expressed her sympathy toward the families of the victims and the Japanese people.

    (3)    To further strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance, including the Japan-U.S. security arrangements, through the steady implementation of the realignment of U.S. Forces in Japan including the relocation of the marines to Guam.

  1. Mr. Nakasone and Mrs. Clinton decided that, in order to exchange views on these issues candidly and frankly, they would arrange for a meeting at an early date.

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