Japan-U.S. Relations


Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting (Summary)


September 8, 2007


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was visiting Sydney, Australia, to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, held a meeting with President George Bush for approximately 35 minutes on September 8.


Also present were Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Ohno, Japanese Ambassador to the United States Kato, Deputy Foreign Minister Yabunaka, and others from the Japan side; and Secretary of State Rice, United States Trade Representatives (USTR) Schwab, Deputy National Security Advisor Jeffrey, and others from the U.S. side.


At the conclusion of the meeting, when President Bush passed on his wife Laura's best regards in her absence to Prime Minister Abe's wife Akie, Prime Minister Abe expressed his congratulations to President Bush on his daughter's marriage.


1. Japan-U.S. Relationship


(1) Prime Minister Abe stated that the basic foreign and security policy of the Abe Administration has not changed after Japan 's House of Councilors elections. Both leaders reaffirmed the need to address the challenges of East Asia based on the Japan-U.S. alliance. Further, both leaders agreed to strengthen the "irreplaceable and invaluable Japan-U.S. alliance" across a broad range of issues, including security and economic issues.


(2) Prime Minister Abe said that he was looking forward to the President's visit to Japan next year for the July G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit. Both leaders agreed that Japan-U.S. cooperation on issues the world was facing, including climate change, was essential for the Summit 's success.


(3) In the area of the Japan-U.S. security arrangements, the two leaders reconfirmed the steady implementation of the realignment of U.S. Forces in Japan , BMD cooperation, and the effort on the protection of classified information. In addition, Prime Minister Abe asked for cooperation in the study for the realization of civilian-military dual use of the Yokota Air Base.


(4) President Bush asked for the elimination of all age restrictions for U.S.beef imports, to which Prime Minister Abe replied that the Japanese government would address this issue based on the scientific knowledge based on the fundamental principle of food safety for the Japanese people, and that the ministers in charge would continue to consult on this issue with their U.S. counterparts.


2. The Fight Against Terrorism


Prime Minister Abe emphasized the need to continue Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces’ refueling activity, and stated that he would make his best effort to continue the activities. President Bush expressed his gratitude for Japan 's support thus far, saying that Japan 's support has been indispensable to the United States as well as to the members of the international community participating in the fight against terrorism, and stated his hope that this support would continue.


3. North Korea


(1) The two leaders agreed that it was vital that North Korea take speedy action to completely abandon its nuclear weapons and nuclear plans through Six-Party Talks.


(2) Prime Minister Abe noted that it was encouraging that President Bush mentioned during a recent interview that he "won’t forget about the abduction issue." President Bush responded that he understood well Japan's sensitivity on the abduction issue and that he would never forget it.


(3) On the Working Group on the Normalization of Japan-North Korea Relations, Prime Minister Abe explained that Japan agreed with North Korea to discuss concrete actions to be taken, including those on the abduction issue, for the early normalization of relations with North Korea and that Japan would like to continue discussions toward the realization of substantial results. Both leaders agreed to continue their close contact and cooperation on this issue.


4. Climate Change


Prime Minister Abe explained Japan’s recent approach to India and elsewhere, to which President Bush commented on the importance of compatibility between economic growth and environment policies and on the role of science and technology in that endeavor.

Both leaders agreed to cooperate for the success of the Major Economies Meeting to be hosted in late September by the United States, and the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit next year, as well as to create an effective international framework including major emitting countries.


5. Iraq


Prime Minister Abe inquired about President Bush's impressions following his recent visit to Iraq , to which the President responded that he saw an improvement in the security situation.


6. Iran


Both leaders shared concerns over the current state of nuclear development in Iran, and agreed that Japan and the United States should cooperate so that the international community can make concerted actions.


7. WTO Doha Round


Both leaders agreed that WTO members should exert their maximum possible flexibility toward a successful conclusion.


8. United Nations Security Council Reform


Both leaders agreed to continue close cooperation between the two countries.





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