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23 September 1997

TEXT: SCC 9/23 JOINT STATEMENT ON U.S.-JAPAN DEFENSE GUIDELINES

(U.S.-Japan alliance promotes regional security)  (930)
New York -- The United States and Japan agree that their bilateral
alliance continues to promote regional security and pledge to
"strengthen this important relationship to meet the challenges of a
new century as outlined in the 'U.S.-Japan Joint Declaration on
Security,'" the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee (SCC) said
in a September 23 joint statement.
The SCC was convened on September 23 by Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright, Secretary of Defense William Cohen, Japanese Minister for
Foreign Affairs Keizo Obuchi, and Japanese Minister of State for
Defense Fumio Kyuma to conduct a review of the "Guidelines for
U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation," issues related to Okinawa, and
regional security matters.
"The aim of the new guidelines remains the same as that of the 1978
guidelines: to provide a general framework and policy direction for
U.S.-Japan defense cooperation under normal circumstances and during
contingencies," the SCC said.
The SCC has agreed to start bilateral work immediately under the new
guidelines, and has concluded that:
-- the establishment of a comprehensive planning mechanism is
critically important;
-- the Subcommittee for Defense Cooperation (SDC) must promptly
complete basic work for bilateral defense planning and mutual
cooperation planning;
-- the SDC's membership will include the director-general of the
Defense Operations Bureau of the Japan Defense Agency; and
-- the two sides should intensify information and intelligence sharing
and policy consultations as they cooperate under the new guidelines.
Following is the text of the joint statement:
(begin text)
JOINT STATEMENT
U.S.-JAPAN SECURITY CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE
New York, New York
September 23, 1997
1. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Secretary of Defense William
Cohen, Minister for Foreign Affairs Keizo Obuchi, and Minister of
State for Defense Fumio Kyuma convened the Security Consultative
Committee (SCC) in New York on September 23, 1997, to discuss a
variety of important issues of bilateral concern, including a review
of the Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation (the Guidelines),
issues related to Okinawa, and regional Security matters.
2. This meeting was held at an extremely important milestone which
marked the completion of the review of the Guidelines. The Guidelines
have served since 1978 to enhance a historic bilateral alliance based
on the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty of 1960 that has helped to maintain
peace, prosperity and security in the Asia-Pacific region.
3. The two countries agreed in the U.S.-Japan Joint Declaration on
Security of April 17, 1996, to further enrich the alliance to meet new
security challenges after the Cold War. The aim of the new Guidelines
remains the same as that of the 1978 Guidelines: to provide a general
framework and policy direction for U.S.-Japan defense cooperation
under normal circumstances and during contingencies.
4. The SCC has agreed to start bilateral work immediately under the
new Guidelines, and has concluded that:
-- the establishment of a comprehensive planning mechanism is
critically important;
-- the Subcommittee for Defense Cooperation (SDC) must promptly
complete basic work for bilateral defense planning and mutual
cooperation planning;
-- the SDC's membership will include the Director-General of the
Defense Operations Bureau of the Japan Defense Agency;
-- the two sides should intensify information and intelligence sharing
and policy consultations as they cooperate under the new Guidelines.
5. Throughout the review of the Guidelines and as a general principle,
the two countries have endeavored to maintain transparency with regard
to the U.S.-Japan alliance. Commitment to transparency has been firm
and will continue.
6. The two sides also discussed the implementation of the Special
Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) Final Report. The Final Report
consists of plans and measures to realign, consolidate, and reduce
U.S. facilities and areas in Okinawa and to adjust procedures of U.S.
Forces in Okinawa, in order to ease the burden of U.S. Forces'
presence on the people of Okinawa. A key element of the SACO process
is the relocation of Futenma Air Station. The SCC addressed issues
involved in this relocation, and the two sides remain committed to
ensuring steady implementation of the Final Report.
7. The two sides discussed the importance of Ballistic Missile Defense
(BMD) and confirmed that the bilateral studies will continue~. They
also discussed host nation support as an important element in the
bilateral relationship.
8. The United States and Japan exchanged perspectives on the security
situation in the region. They discussed issues concerning the Korean
Peninsula. They shared the view that it is extremely important for the
stability and prosperity of the region that China play a positive and
constructive role, and in this context, stressed the continued
interest of both countries in furthering cooperation with China.
9. Building upon the achievements of its joint work, the SCC
reaffirmed its resolve to address a variety of common security issues
for 1997 and beyond by, among other things:
-- following-up the new Guidelines through appropriate policies and
measures developed by the respective Governments and through bilateral
work;
-- continuing close consultations to ensure steady implementation of
the SACO Final Report, including the relocation of Futenma Air
Station;
-- continuing close consultations on international security matters of
mutual interest.
10. In closing, the United States and Japan agreed that the bilateral
alliance continues to promote regional security and pledged to
strengthen this important relationship to meet the challenges of a new
century as outlined in the U.S.-Japan Joint Declaration on Security.
(end text)




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