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Joint Statement of the Security Consultative Committee Toward a More Robust Alliance and Greater Shared Responsibilities

Authors: Chuck Hagel, Distinguished Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, John F. Kerry, and Itsunori Onodera
Published October 3, 2013

On October 3, 2013, U.S. and Japanese diplomatic and military leaders met in Tokyo to revise the 1997 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation.

Summary from the press release:

U.S. and Japanese leaders agreed to expand defense cooperation and increase security and collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region following meetings in Tokyo, Oct. 2, 2013. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said officials discussed a more balanced and effective alliance in which the two militaries partner fully and work side-by-side with regional partners to enhance peace and security.

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