Secretary Clinton Meets With Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Seiji Maehara

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
January 6, 2011
Secretary Clinton and Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, Jan. 6, 2011

Secretary Clinton met with Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Seiji Maehara today in Washington. In a statement on the meeting, Secretary Clinton said:

"...The U.S.-Japan alliance continues to underwrite peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region -- and it continues to drive regional economic growth and dynamism. Since the end of the Second World War, our relationship has evolved to address the most pressing regional and global challenges.

"As we begin the second half-century of our alliance, we also are beginning a new era in our strategic cooperation. Over the course of this year, and in preparation for the summit between President Obama and Prime Minister Kan, we endeavor to strengthen all of the dimensions of our alliance to better seize the opportunities and confront the challenges of the 21st century.

"This begins with deepening our bilateral security alliance, but it by no means ends there. The United States and Japan will also enhance cooperation on the full range of global and strategic issues, from nuclear proliferation to maritime security, and from global economic recovery and growth to energy security and climate change.

"These efforts are not only necessary but mutually reinforcing and will ensure the alliance remains what it has been for 50 years: the cornerstone of our strategic engagement in Asia."

Secretary Clinton noted her discussions with Foreign Minister Maehara on North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, and then continued, "...We are taking steps to deepen our bilateral engagement on economic policy, to set a path toward more economic growth and job creation in the years ahead. Our joint efforts in multilateral fora such as the G-20 are also critical. And, as you know, the United States will be hosting APEC in 2011, so we are working closely with Japan to build off their chairmanship and efforts in 2010 to achieve further substantive progress on shaping and accelerating regional economic integration.

"Beyond economic and strategic issues, we also discussed a bilateral matter that is very important to the United States -- the issue of international child abduction. Next week, senior officials from the U.S. government will meet with American parents whose children were wrongfully, and in some cases illegally, taken to Japan. I encouraged Minister Maehara and the government of Japan to work toward ratification of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

"Finally, we discussed an issue that is particularly important to people in both countries and throughout the region: The Foreign Minister and I agreed that our defense posture must continue to evolve in order to deal with the emerging strategic environment. We reiterated our firm intention to continue to implement existing agreements on base realignment issues, including the replacement facility for Futenma.

"The goal of our two governments remains unchanged: Both countries want arrangements that are operationally viable and politically sustainable. That means the United States will reduce the impact of our bases on their host communities while, at the same time, maintaining the capabilities that we need to meet our commitment to defend the Japanese people and the security of the region. We look forward to working with the government of Japan to move this important process forward.

"And I might also add: this is an example of how effective cooperation in our bilateral relationship reinforces our cooperation on regional and global issues. By enabling our regional security architecture to evolve, we are better able to deal with emerging strategic challenges.

"Foreign Minister Maehara, I look forward to continuing to work with you on both these tracks, so we can maintain stability, security, and prosperity for the region and continue to deepen our ties and enhance the lives of the people of our countries."

The complete statement is available here.



United States
January 7, 2011

Guy in the U.S.A. writes:

The discussion drops my attention with the term Bilateral (Bilateralism) - The fall is about a usage during the attempt to draw The United States into The League of Nations before World War II - such is not a proper approach to Japan - and in such I as Elector President of The United States offer the Country Japan my sorrow for the attempt to regress backwards of all that Former President Eisenhower Built for The Citizens of Japan. In such as The United States begin to start toward a hopeful year - new changes can be seen from the growth of a new understanding between your Political approach to Asia and our Political approach to North America. Yours Guy Ralph Perea Sr II President of The United States

Ashim C.
January 7, 2011

Ashim C. in India writes:

It is interesting and a matter of concern that that there are pockets of substantial opposition in Japan against US bases in their land although Japan has benefited the most from a very comprehensive friendship and cooperation model. If the opposition is purely homegrown, then leadership of both countries where and why US bases in Japan are pinching them? Do the Japanese find US unreasonably intrusive?

The questions are important because all indications are that US shall reduce it's strategic military presence and engagements in foreign land under presures of it's economics and domestic public opinion. In this context the challenge before US is how much it must trust it's 5 decade old ally to leave it's bases securely under the care of it's ally without affecting it's operational efficiencies adversely in any manner. If US finds the trust deficit, it must find ways and means of an extended alliance system in South Asia and far east. At another level, US diplomacy should effectively communicate a whole new foreign relation position, which assures peace and progress for the nations in the region and express it's policies by designing a new model of trade and commerce not only in goods and services but also in civilian technology. This presupposes rationalisation of price of it's technology and progressive economic empowerment of nations in Asia. US strategic position should be that it shall intervene strategically anywhere in the world as an effective second force of offence ( not defence ) in a set of circumstances well thought out and sanctioned by international community.

South Korea
January 11, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

U.S. and Chinese heads of state of the meet, many stories, but above all, a lot of talk about the economy'd think it would be better and I think everyone is expected. Then, we'll go where, the story of several people taking that? If it is true, my short stories are not important to read someone with that?

New Mexico, USA
January 11, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:


I like reading your stories, but I don't always understand the contents as I don't know much about the inner-workings of S. Korean politics or the economic influences upon them.

IE: The "Firm" ?? (from your previous posting on another thread)

As for stories in the media, I think it best to go directly to source if one has question.

So here are the links to recent visit by Sec. Gates to China;

-Joint Press Conference with Secretary Gates and General Liang from Beijing, China


-Media Roundtable with Secretary Gates from Beijing, China


I think when climbing a corporate ladder, it's good to keep center of balance in belly with one's breath and trust your gut instinct...never fall off that way no matter how high you get.

I just paint houses and climb real ladders, and think it is same-same in keeping safe.

Never have fell off.

Be well,


Ronald S.
California, USA
February 1, 2011

Ronald S. in California writes:

I'm a third-generation Japanese American who believes that both the U.S. and Japanese governments needs to take a closer look at the Joint Security Agreement for the express purpose of increasing the effectiveness of the Self Defense Forces as a regional security force and minimize the role American forces play in the security of the region. In this way, Japan can play a role, along with South Korea and the Republic of China, in countering threats from client states of China


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