WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2013) — During a recent visit to Washington for high level discussions, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida engaged in U.S.-Japan exchanges, including with members of the Japanese American community, at the Crystal Room of the Willard Intercontinental Hotel on February 22.
The Japanese American Veterans Association, or JAVA, was well represented by JAVA President Gerald Yamada, Executive Director Col Bruce Hollywood, USAF (Ret), immediate past JAVA president Bob Nakamoto, and members Grant Ichikawa and Terry Shima. The JAVA delegation told the Prime Minister that, as Americans, they were also proud of their Japanese heritage. JAVA is supportive of the Japanese government’s efforts to maintain a strong, sound relationship between Japan and the Nikkei population.
During the morning, Premier Abe visited Arlington National Cemetery. That was followed by a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss a wide range of issues such as US-Japan regional security and economic issues.
Following this discussion, Abe delivered a policy speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the future of Japan’s foreign policy, US-Japan relations, and Japan’s relations with China and other regional powers. Later, a press conference followed.
On the same day, Foreign Minister Kishida held an approximately one hour long meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry. They discussed a broad range of issues such as US – Japan relations, including space and cyber cooperation, and youth exchanges; the Asia-Pacific situation, including Japan’s relations with China and North Korea; and global issues such as the Mid-East peace process and Syria.