Japan-United States of America Relations

Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting

May 26, 2017

  • Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting1
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On May 26, commencing at around10:35 a.m. for approximately 55 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting Taormina, Italy, held a Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting with the Honorable Donald Trump, President of the United States of America. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1 Opening Remarks

President Trump stated that Prime Minister Abe is his friend, they have built a good relationship, and they would discuss the issues of North Korea as well as terrorism. President Trump also stated that particularly the issue of North Korea is a global issue and must be absolutely resolved.

In response, Prime Minister Abe expressed his pleasure to meet President Trump again, congratulated him on the success of his visit to Middle East countries and NATO, valued his demonstration of strong commitment to global security, and stated that he wishes to confirm the coordination between Japan and the United States on the challenges facing the international community.

2 Terrorism

The two leaders renewed their determination to unite in confronting the threat of terrorism in the wake of the appalling terrorist attack that occurred at a concert hall in Manchester, the United Kingdom.

3 Regional Affairs

(1) North Korea

The two leaders coordinated policies on issues regarding North Korea and reaffirmed that it is necessary to put pressure on North Korea rather than to have dialogue with it at this juncture and that the role of China is important.

The two leaders also reaffirmed the importance of enhancing pressure on North Korea through further sanctions and close coordination at the United Nations Security Council while coordinating with countries concerned such as the Republic of Korea.

Furthermore, the two leaders shared the view that Japan and the United States would take concrete actions to enhance the Japan-U.S. defense posture and capacity in order to deter North Korea's threat.

At the same time, the two leaders shared the view that Japan and the United States would cooperate with all countries to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea.

Moreover, Prime Minister Abe stated that the robust presence of the U.S. Forces in this region is important from the viewpoint of regional security and that he expected U.S. cooperation.

(2) Maritime Issues  

Prime Minister Abe stated that the U.S. deterrent is the key to regional stability including Southeast Asia and that, with regard to the South China Sea, he values the increased presence of the U.S. Navy, strongly supports the Freedom of Navigation operations by the U.S. Navy and regards President Trump's determination to attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting and the East Asia Summit (EAS) as the demonstration of the strong will of the United States. The two leaders also reaffirmed the close coordination between Japan and the United States regarding the East China Sea.

(3) China

Prime Minister Abe stated that he intends to enhance dialogue between Japan and China and explained how to advance the Japan-China relationship.

4 G7 Summit

Prime Minister Abe stated that North Korea’s activities are challenges to the international order maintained by the G7, and that he wishes to coordinate with President Trump to demonstrate the unwavering unity of the G7. In addition, he also stated that as for economy, he would address the importance of free and fair trade at the G7 Summit Meeting, and that dialogue with Russia is important for resolving international issues. President Trump concurred with Prime Minster Abe’s statements overall and specifically expressed his support on the importance of free and fair trade.