☷Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III s Meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo
U.S. Department of Defense ( By Press Release office)
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Pentagon Press Secretary John F . Kirby provided the following readout:Secretary of Defense Lloyd J . Austin III met with Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo in Washington , D . C . , to discuss regional security issues , bilateral efforts to further strengthen the U . S . - Japan Alliance , and measures to expand cooperation with like - minded partners . Secretary Austin thanked Minister Kishi for his participation in the Ukraine Security Consultative Group and welcomed Japan’s continued leadership role in countering Russia’s illegal aggression against Ukraine . Secretary Austin and Minister Kishi further conferred on China’s ongoing coercion in the East and South China Seas and the need to uphold a free and open Indo - Pacific that secures peace and prosperity for all . The Secretary and Minister affirmed the need to continue close collaboration with allies and partners to bolster integrated deterrence and promote the norms , values , and institutions that underpin the rules - based international order .
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