WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2014 – During their meeting at the Pentagon today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Japanese National Security Advisor Shotaro Yachi welcomed the establishment of Japan's National Security Council and discussed ways to deepen and enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued today.
The text of Kirby’s statement follows:
“Today, Secretary Hagel met with Japan National Security Advisor Shotaro Yachi to welcome the establishment of Japan's National Security Council and discuss ways to deepen and enhance bilateral cooperation.
“Secretary Hagel expressed appreciation for the government of Japan's efforts in securing approval of the landfill permit request to construct the Futenma Replacement Facility at Camp Schwab-Henoko Bay, and endorsed a forward-looking revision of the U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines that would enable Japan to play a more active role in promoting regional peace and stability.
“Secretary Hagel said the United States would continue to cooperate closely with Japan on strengthening the alliance to meet the security challenges of the 21st century.”