Japan-United States of America Relations

November 10, 2023
Prime Minister Kishida and General Brown who shake hands facing straight at a camera (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)

On November 10, 2023, commencing at 10:15am, for approximately 10 minutes, Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio, received a courtesy call fromGeneral Charles Q. Brown, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, during his visit to Japan. The overview of the courtesy call is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida welcomed the visit of General Brown, who is well versed in the Indo-Pacific region, having served as Commander of Pacific Air Forces, to Japan and congratulated him for the assumption of his Chairmanship. Prime Minister Kishida stated that Japan will make efforts together with the U.S. to ensure peace and stability in the region, through further strengthening the Japan-U.S. Alliance, including reinforcement of Japan’s defense capabilities.
  2. In response, General Brown stated that the importance of the Japan-U.S. Alliance is becoming even greater, and they also stated that U.S. would like to strengthen cooperation with Japan under the unprecedented alignment of their strategies in order to achieve a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific."
  3. The two sides exchanged views on Japan-U.S. security and defense cooperation to strengthen the Alliance deterrence and response capabilities in light of the increasingly severe security environment in the region, including North Korea’s intensified nuclear and missile activities, China’s unilateral change the status quo by force and such attempts and the enhanced military cooperation between China and Russia in the vicinity of Japan, as well as arms transfer between Russia and North Korea.

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