Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministerial Telephone Conference

March 23, 2011

  1. On Wednesday, March 23, for about 30 minutes from 20:30, Mr.Takeaki Matsumoto, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a telephone conference with the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States. The outline of their discussion is as follows.

  2. In regard to the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake, first of all, Foreign Minister Matsumoto expressed his deep gratitude to tremendous support by the United States as an ally, such as the cooperation of U.S. forces Japan including transportation and provision of relief goods and dispatch of the carrier vessels, and dispatched nuclear power experts. He also extended his deepest condolences to Ms. Anderson, an American JET participant, who lost her life in the earthquake. In addition, he explained the current situation of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant etc.

  3. In response, Secretary of State Clinton stated that the United States stood ready to provide all kinds of supports including technical and professional cooperation, and expressed President Obama’s and her confidence that Japan must be able to overcome this situation and to achieve successful reconstruction. They agreed that Japan and the United States would continuously and closely cooperate with each other.

  4. They also exchanged their views on the situation in Libya, the Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Foreign Ministerial Meeting and Japan-US relations.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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