Deputy Secretary, Senior
Japanese Official Discuss Alliance
American Forces Press Service.
Washington D.C. – (AFPS)
– June 4, 2014 – Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work met at the Pentagon today
with Masanori Nishi, Japan’s administrative vice defense minister, Navy Lt. Cmdr.
Courtney Hillson, a spokeswoman for Work, said.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work meets with Masanori Nishi,
Japan’s administrative vice defense minister, at the Pentagon
In a statement summarizing the meeting, Hillson said the two
defense leaders discussed the status of the revision to the guidelines for
U.S.-Japan Defense cooperation and endorsed an ambitious and forward-looking
update that will enable the alliance to continue its vital role in deterring
conflict and advancing peace and prosperity.
“Deputy Secretary Work welcomed Japan's efforts to play a
more proactive role in contributing to global and regional security and
stability,” Hillson said, “including re-examining the interpretation of its
constitution relating to the right of collective self-defense.”
Both leaders underscored the importance of strengthening
trilateral defense cooperation with South Korea, she said, and noted recent
progress in this area. Work expressed appreciation for Japan's efforts in moving
forward on the Futenma Replacement Facility at Camp Schwab-Henoko Bay, and noted
the U.S. commitment to explore ways to reduce the impact of the U.S. presence in
Okinawa, she added.
“Deputy Secretary Work and Vice Minister Nishi reaffirmed
that the U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and security in the
Asia-Pacific region, and committed to working together to strengthen and broaden
the alliance to meet the security challenges of the 21st century,” Hillson said.