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Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

September 23, 2014

On September 23, commencing at around 9:10 a.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers' Meeting with the Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States, during Minister Kishida's visit to New York. An outline of the meeting is as follows: 

1. Opening remarks

Secretary Kerry said the Japan-U.S. relations are going well and both countries are making progress on the coordination about regional affairs, global challenges and alliance issues. Secretary Kerry also expressed his gratitude for a role that Japan is playing.
In response, Minister Kishida said that since there are multitudes of issues  worldwide that Japan and the United States need to coordinate their responses to, it is meaningful for the foreign ministers of both countries to meet directly and discuss from a strategic viewpoint based on the Alliance.

2. Situation in Iraq and Syria

Minister Kishida and Secretary Kerry confirmed that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a serious threat to the international order, and that it is important for the international community to coordinately work together in responding to the ISIL. 
Minister Kishida said that the Government of Japan supports the international community's fight against the ISIL and understands that recent airstrikes by the United States and other countries were a measure undertaken to prevent the further escalation of the situation. Minister Kishida also said Japan hopes this action will lead to degrading and destroying of the ISIL, which is a serious threat to the international order as a whole.
Additionally, Minister Kishida explained that the Government of Japan will actively support Iraq and its neighbors from the perspectives of non-military contribution and has decided to provide additional support of approximately 25.5 million U.S. dollars to Iraq and its neighbors, on top of the 7.8 million U.S. dollars that Japan had contributed already.
Furthermore, Minister Kishida expressed that Japan welcomes the inauguration of Iraq's comprehensive new government and will continue to provide support for Iraq's national unification.
In response, Secretary Kerry appreciated Japan for its support in responding to the ISIL.

3. Ebola hemorrhagic fever

Minister Kishida and Secretary Kerry concurred that it is important for the international community to have a unified response to the problem of Ebola hemorrhagic fever.
Minister Kishida explained that the Government of Japan announced the implementation of 500 million U.S. dollars of support as well as human resource training for 120,000 people in the health sector in Africa at the TICAD V last year, and Japan intends to consider providing new type of medicines developed by Japanese companies and supply around 500,000 protective equipments in the days ahead. In response, Secretary Kerry expressed his gratitude and explained current and future efforts by the United States. 

4. Situation in Ukraine

Minister Kishida and Secretary Kerry discussed the current situation in Ukraine and confirmed that the G7 will continue their coordination in dealing with the situation.
Minister Kishida said the circumstances continue to require close attention, and  Japan will steadily implement economic support to Ukraine of up to 1.5 billion U.S. dollars, which it has already pledged, and also decided on September 5th to provide new support in order to improve the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine.

5. Situation in Asia

(1) With regard to North Korea, Minister Kishida explained that Japan's policy of seeking a comprehensive solution to outstanding issues of concern such as the nuclear, missile, and abduction issues remains unchanged. Minister Kishida and Secretary Kerry shared the view that they will continue to place importance on cooperation between Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK). Additionally, Minister Kishida said he appreciates the "High-Level Meeting on the Human Rights Situation in DPRK" was led by the United States, and confirmed that Japan will continue coordination with the United States on the abduction issue.
(2) In addition, Minister Kishida briefly explained the current Japan-ROK relations and Japan-China relations. 

6. Iran

Secretary Kerry explained the current state of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue. In response, Minister Kishida explained that Japan will continue to play a role. Both sides confirmed that Japan and the United States will continue their cooperation.

7. Security

Regarding the review of the Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation, Minister Kishida said he would like to have officials work on the interim report energetically, and intends to continue the work to achieve contents that enable a seamless response to every situation, based on the content of the Cabinet decision. 
Both sides also confirmed that they will continue to cooperate on policies for reducing the burden on Okinawa, including the Agreement to Supplement the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) on Environmental Stewardship.