Remarks to Media at Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kurt M. Campbell
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tokyo, Japan
October 6, 2011

ASSISTANT SECRETARY CAMPBELL: Thank you all for waiting. I had a very good meeting with Yamaguchi-san. He’s a good friend and a strong supporter of our Alliance. I was able to reiterate to him the formal invitation from the Secretary of State to the Foreign Minister to come to Washington to make sure that we’re having good consultations over the course of the next few months. I also invited him to Washington as well. We want to see more Japanese officials and Diet members in the United States, particularly as we have so many important issues before us, both leading up to the East Asia Summit and after. We touched on all the critical issues in our bilateral relationship, a very open conversation, and we both underscored how pleased we were with the good meetings that took place in New York at the General Assembly. I’ll have more to say as the evening goes on. Thank you all very much.