Japan-United States of America Relations

November 17, 2021

On November 17, commencing at 2:40 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. MATSUNO Hirokazu, Chief Cabinet Secretary, received a courtesy call from H.E. Ambassador Katherine C. Tai, United States Trade Representative. The overview of the courtesy call is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno welcomed Ambassador Tai’s first visit to Japan as the U.S. Trade Representative, and stated that this visit is significant to show the robust Japan-U.S. Alliance and the U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific region. He also expressed his willingness to contribute to the international peace and prosperity by cooperating with Ambassador Tai to address various economic challenges that both countries face. In response, Ambassador Tai expressed her best regards to Prime Minister Kishida and other Japanese government officials on behalf of President Biden and Vice President Harris and stated that she is delighted to visit Japan. She also mentioned that it is significant that she started her visit from Japan, which is the most important partner for the United States.
  2. Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno also showed his intention to cooperate with the United States to enhance competitiveness and resilience of both countries, referring to “New Form of Capitalism” as well as the Japan-U.S. CoRe Partnership launched on the occasion of the bilateral Summit meeting in April. In response, Ambassador Tai expressed her support for “New Form of Capitalism” and her intension to cooperate as USTR. She also explained “Worker-Centered Trade Policy” of the United States. In addition, they had constructive discussion on the international order in the Indo-Pacific region.
  3. Moreover, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno asked for the continued understanding and cooperation of the United States on the abductions issue by North Korea, and Ambassador Tai expressed her understanding.

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