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Courtesy Call on Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Ms. Caroline Kennedy

July 29, 2014

On July 29, commencing from 4:30 p.m. for around 30 minutes, Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida received a courtesy call from U.S. Ambassador to Japan Ms. Caroline Kennedy. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. At the start of the meeting, Ambassador Kennedy told Minister Kishida that today was a special day, and along with congratulating him on his birthday, she presented him with a cake.

2. Ambassador Kennedy explained that when she returned to the United States temporarily recently, she heard a great deal of appreciation from government officials and members of Congress for Japan’s initiative including the Cabinet decision on basic policies on the development of security legislation. In addition, Ambassador Kennedy said members of the U.S. Congress are delighted that number of members of the Japanese Diet that are visiting the United States is increasing.

3. Minister Kishida stated that cooperation and communication with the United States is becoming increasingly important in order for Japan to move ahead with its foreign policy contributng to the peace and stability of the international community from the position of “Pro-active Contributor to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation. In response, Ambassador Kennedy stated that U.S. officials highly value the Japan-U.S. alliance as the foundation of United States foreign policy, as can be seen in the recent letter to the Prime Minister from four members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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