About the Author: Matthew G. Fuller is a Foreign Service Officer working as Ambassador Roos' staff aide at U.S. Embassy Tokyo.
January 19, 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan, and the United States Embassy in Tokyo has been deeply engaged in celebrating the U.S.-Japan Alliance and explaining its meaning and importance to the Japanese public. On the anniversary date of the signing, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, John Roos, published an op-ed piece in a leading Japanese newspaper and on Friday, January 29, he delivered a highly anticipated policy speech on the role of U.S. forces in Japan and their importance to security and prosperity in both Japan and the region.
The Waseda University Organization for Japan-U.S. Studies hosted the event, giving Ambassador Roos the opportunity to speak to Japanese college and graduate students about security and their future. Arriving at the campus, he met with university administrators prior to the event, discussing his goal of increasing exchanges and the numbers of Japanese students studying in the United States. Proceeding to the auditorium, the Ambassador stepped forward, with cameras rolling, and addressed the 400-plus audience of students, faculty, guests and journalists, focusing on the stability the U.S.-Japan alliance has brought to the region over the last 50 years, the threats facing Japan and the region today, and the importance of maintaining the alliance for the future.
Following the speech, he promised Waseda students and administrators that he would soon return and continue the dialogue on both education and the future of the U.S.-Japan Alliance. You can find more articles related to the alliance, along with a video message from Secretary of State Clinton, on a special page of the U.S. Embassy Tokyo website.