Japan-United States of America Relations

September 20, 2020

On September 20, commencing at 9:35 p.m. for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America. The overview of the talk is as follows.

1. At the outset, Prime Minister Suga emphasized to President Trump that the Japan-U.S. alliance is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the region and the international community, and that alongside President Trump, he would like to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance, which has been made stronger than ever before based on the deep personal trust between former Prime Minister Abe and President Trump. In response, President Trump offered his congratulations on Prime Minister Suga’s appointment to office. He fully reaffirmed Prime Minister Suga’s remarks, and expressed his wish to further consolidate the Japan-U.S. relationship with Prime Minister Suga.

2. After discussing their respective efforts to combat COVID-19, the two leaders agreed to continue Japan-U.S. cooperation in the development and distribution of therapeutics and vaccines for the disease.

3. In addition, the two leaders shared the view that Japan and the United States would work closely together to address regional issues, including North Korea, and to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific. With particular regard to the abductions issue, Prime Minister Suga expressed his intention to work resolutely towards the early resolution of the abductions issue, and asked for President Trump’s continued full support towards its resolution.

4. President Trump also stated that Prime Minister Suga could contact him 24 hours a day if needed.

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