Ambassador of Japan to the United States H.E. Kenichiro Sasae spoke at an event at Brookings in Washington, D.C. on March 22, 2013.
Excerpt previewing the main points of Sasae's remarks:
"Just exactly a month ago, Prime Minister Abe visited the U.S. for a summit meeting with President Obama. After the meeting Mr. Abe announced to the U.S. audience, "Japan is back." Today, I would like to elaborate on the meaning of Japan's coming-back to Japan-U.S. Alliance ahead.
My main messages today are three points:
Firstly, both Japan and the U.S. have to revive our own economies for our sake and for the world.
Secondly, Japan is the best and indispensable partner for the U.S. as it advances the policy of rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific region.
And thirdly, both Japan and the U.S. have to further enhance and expand our Alliance collaboration without interruption."