Japan-United States of America Relations

September 19, 2016
Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
On Monday, September 19 (U.S. time), commencing at shortly after 6:00 p.m. (shortly after 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 20, Japan time) for approximately 50 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting the United States of America, received a courtesy call from Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State of the United States. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe offered his condolences for the recent series of terrorist incidents, expressed his pleasure in meeting her again, conveyed his gratitude for being the first to support his initiative to realize a society in which all women shine and shared the thought that unleashing women's latent potential is essential for economic growth. Noting the severe security environment in the Asia-Pacific, Prime Minister Abe stated that he would like  to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. Alliance in order to contribute both to the region and the world as an "Alliance of Hope."
  2. In response, former Secretary of State Clinton voiced her happiness in meeting Prime Minister Abe to discuss important issues, and expressed her view that the Japan-U.S. relationship is important for regional and global peace and prosperity. She also stated that she would like to discuss a broad range of topics, including North Korea and maritime security, that she praises Prime Minister Abe's policies at empowering women and promoting women's active participation, and that she would like to hear about Abenomics as well. She thanked Prime Minister Abe for his words onthe recent terrorist incidents, and stated that efforts to counter terrorism must be doubled.
  3. The two sides exchanged views on a variety of topics, including ways to strengthen the Japan-U.S. Alliance as well as regional affairs such as North Korea, China and maritime issues. In addition, Prime Minister Abe raised the matter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and both reiterated their well-known respective  positions on the issue.

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