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Foreign Minister KAMIKAWA received a courtesy call by Admiral Samuel Paparo, Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

May 29, 2024
Admiral Paparo and Minister Kamikawa shaking hands
photo of greeting

On May 29, 2024, commencing at 0:40 pm, for approximately 15 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call from Admiral Samuel Paparo, Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, during his visit to Japan. The overview of the courtesy call is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Foreign Minister Kamikawa welcomed the visit of Admiral Paparo to Japan, and expressed her gratitude for the contribution of U.S. INDOPACOM and the U.S. Forces Japan, which play a significant role in maintaining peace and stability in this region. Minister Kamikawa, mentioning the launch by North Korea using ballistic missile technology on the 27th of May, stated that Japan would like to work in close coordination with the U.S. to further strengthen the Alliance deterrence, while mitigating the impacts on local communities.
  2. In response, Admiral Paparo stated that the importance of the Japan-U.S. Alliance has never been higher amidst an increasingly severe security environment, and he also stated that he would like to cooperate with Japan to achieve a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific." Admiral Paparo also mentioned the U.S. INDOPACOM's efforts regarding WPS and appreciated Minister Kamikawa’s leadership in the WPS effort. In response, Minister Kamikawa stated that Japan would like to cooperate with the U.S. in this context as well.

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