Remarks With Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Putra World Trade Center
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
August 6, 2015

QUESTION: Do you have any thoughts about the significance of the day?

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, it’s impossible not to have thoughts about it. I watched the ceremony. I listened to Prime Minister Abe’s comments. I was proud that Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller were representing the United States. And needless to say, it’s a very, very powerful reminder of not just the impact of war in a lasting way on people, on countries, but it’s also – underscores the importance of the agreement we reached with Iran to reduce the possibility of more nuclear weapons. And the United States and other countries are working to move to – particularly Russia, the United States with our agreement – to reduce the number of existing nuclear weapons.

So our hearts go out to survivors. I listened to one Japanese woman talking about her experience as a very young girl, how she passed out, how the light flashed, how she was hit by this incredible blast of air that deprived her ability to breath, and she survived. And she’s a great witness to the human spirit and to our ability to reconcile after war. And I think that our relationship today with Japan is one of the most important that we have in the world. We’ve found great democracies that work together and we share common values and a common vision for the future, and I think that today is really a great tribute to the remembrance but also the possibilities of the future.