Japan-United States of America Relations

Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting

September 26, 2018

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On September 26, commencing at around 1:45 p.m. (local time; September 27, 2:45 a.m. Japan time) for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting the United States of America, held a Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting with the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of the United States. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Based on their discussion at the dinner meeting between Prime Minister Abe and President Trump on September 23, the two leaders closely aligned their  future policies concerning the issue of North Korea once again, following the most recent Inter-Korean, U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK), and Japan-ROK Summit Meetings. The leaders confirmed their shared goal of achieving the full implementation of the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, and reaffirmed that Japan and the U.S. as well as Japan, the U.S, and ROK, would continue to closely coordinate their policies. In addition, the two leaders once again shared the view that Japan and the U.S. would continue working together to resolve the abductions issue.  
  2. The two leaders agreed to enter into negotiations for a Japan-U.S. Trade Agreement on goods (TAG), based on the view that further reinforcing economic ties between Japan and the U.S. would expand bilateral trade in a stable manner and contribute to free and open development of the global economy, and issued the Joint Statement (English (PDF)Open a New Window / Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window). The leaders also shared the view that they would further expand trade and investment between Japan and the U.S. in a mutually beneficial manner, and realize economic development in the Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, and based on fair rules. 
  3. The two leaders praised the concrete cooperative projects in third countries to advance their shared vision to maintain and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, and reaffirmed their strong determination to further enhance cooperation in wide-ranging areas in the Indo-Pacific region.(Examples of Japan-U.S. cooperation to maintain and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific (English (PDF)Open a New Window / Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window)