Visit of Deputy Secretary of State Burns to Tokyo, Japan
April 24, 2013
On April 23 and 24, Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns held constructive and candid meetings with Foreign Minister Kishida, Vice Foreign Minister Kawai, and Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato in Tokyo. The meetings were an important opportunity to review the great depth of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Japan, as well as our shared economic and security interests, in Asia and globally.
In his meetings with Government of Japan officials, the Deputy Secretary reaffirmed America’s commitment to further enhance economic, security, and strategic ties with Japan and in the Asia-Pacific region. The Deputy Secretary discussed the full range of shared interests between the United States and Japan, including our strong trade links, our coordination on global and regional issues, and our active people-to-people ties. The Deputy Secretary affirmed U.S. interest in investing in the future of our bilateral partnership by increasing student exchanges.
Recalling the recent visit of Secretary of State Kerry to Japan and the visit of Prime Minister Abe to Washington, the Deputy Secretary pledged continued close cooperation between the United States and Japan.