Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Foreign, Defense Ministers to Meet during Abe U.S. Visit

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Foreign, Defense Ministers to Meet during Abe U.S. Visit

Article excerpt

The Japanese and U.S. foreign and defense ministers will hold talks prior to a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama during an upcoming visit by the prime minister to Washington, according to government sources.

At the "two-plus-two" meeting of the Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee, the top foreign and defense officials from the two nations will finalize a new version of the Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation, based on the Japanese government's new interpretation of the Constitution in relation to Japan's right of collective self-defense, according to the Japanese and U.S. government sources. The interpretation allows this country to exercise the right in limited situations.

The prime minister's trip to the U.S. capital, set to start in late April, will likely last about a week.

During their summit talks, Abe and Obama will discuss not only revisions of the guidelines, but also the progress in Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade talks. They will then release a joint statement citing the strengthening of the Japan-U.S. alliance based on the bilateral relations between the countries over the past 70 years since the end of World War II, according to the sources. …

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