Courtesy Call on Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, by Dr. William J. Perry, Former United States Secretary of Defense
October 21, 2009
- As part of his visit to Japan, Dr. William J. Perry, former United States
Secretary of Defense, paid a courtesy call on Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister
for Foreign Affairs, for about 30 minutes from 11:45 a.m. on October 21
- During the courtesy call, Former Secretary of Defense Perry and Minister Okada exchanged views about nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues including discussions at the Hiroshima meeting of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, which Former Secretary of Defense Perry attended. They also exchanged views about North Korea and security issues.
(Reference) Former Secretary of Defense Perry
During the Carter administration of the 1970s, Former Secretary of Defense Perry served as Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. Afterward, during the Clinton administration he became Deputy Secretary of Defense (1993-1994) and Secretary of Defense (1994-1997). He has long held a number of other important political offices in America, including North Korea Policy Coordinator from 1998 to 2000. He was also a member of the Iraq Study Group under the Bush administration in 2006.
Recently, Former Secretary of Defense Perry has cooperated with Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and Former Senator Sam Nunn to submit an article called “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons” to the Wall Street Journal. He is also making various efforts towards nuclear disarmament including serving on the Advisory Board of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND), which is an initiative between Japan and Australia.