U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
|IMMEDIATE RELEASE||February 07, 2014|
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:
Today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and discussed ways to deepen and enhance bilateral cooperation.
Secretary Hagel expressed appreciation for the Government of Japan's efforts in moving forward on the Futenma Replacement Facility at Camp Schwab-Henoko Bay. The two nations are committed to working together to reduce the impact of training on Okinawans. Secretary Hagel endorsed a forward-looking revision of the 1997 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation to enable Japan to play a more active role in promoting regional peace and stability.
Secretary Hagel said the United States would continue to cooperate closely with Japan on strengthening and broadening the alliance to meet the security challenges of the 21st century.
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