Press Conference by Deputy Press Secretary Koichi Mizushima
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Conference Room Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Mizushima: I have one item at the top today.
The First Japan-US Senior Level Development Dialogue
Mr. Mizushima: On February 20, the first Japan-US Senior Level Development Dialogue is going to be held in Washington D.C.
Mr. Mitsuhiro Wada, Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant officials from MOFA and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will attend the meeting from the Japanese side, while Mr. Tony Pipa, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID, Mr. James Zumwalt,,Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State, and other relevant officials will attend from the US side.
Both Japan and the United States work together to advance security, economic prosperity and political stability throughout the world. And both governments decided to initiate the Development Dialogue based on the “Fact Sheet on the United States-Japan Global Cooperation” issued on the occasion of the meeting between Prime Minister Abe and Vice President Biden who visited Japan in December 2013. In this coming first Development Dialogue, it is expected to discuss Japan-US development cooperation vis-à-vis a wide range of development challenges including women’s empowerment as well as issues in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.
We believe that promotion of the development cooperation between Japan and the United States will further widen and strengthen the Japan-US relations.