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Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Meeting

September 14, 2023

On September 14th, commencing at 9:10 p.m., for approximately 10 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone meeting with the Honorable Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Foreign Minister Kamikawa stated that she would like to build a good relationship with Secretary Blinken and to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. Alliance, which is stronger than ever. In response, Secretary Blinken offered his congratulations to Foreign Minister Kamikawa for her assumption of office.
  2. Foreign Minister Kamikawa stated that Japan will fulfill its role as the chair of the G7 to uphold and strengthen the free and open international order based on the rule of law as the very foundation of the international order is shaking. The two ministers exchanged their views on regional issues, and concurred on continuing to work closely together on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, issues related to China, and North Korea’s nuclear and missile development and the abductions issue.
  3. The two ministers, regarding the increasingly severe regional security environment, concurred to cooperate to further strengthen the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. Alliance, based on the achievement of the Japan-U.S. “2+2” in January.
  4. The two ministers shared the recognition that the Japan-U.S. coordination in the economic field is widening and deepening, and concurred on further cooperation.

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