Hagel Arrives in Tokyo for Security Meetings
By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service
TOKYO, Oct. 2, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived here today where he will conclude a weeklong trip aimed at fostering key alliances.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella greets U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel upon his arrival on Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2013. While in Japan, Hagel will meet with defense counterparts and troops along with visiting the Tokyo area. Angelelia is the commander of U.S. Forces Japan and the 5th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
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Hagel said earlier this week that it is important to assure allies of U.S. commitment to those alliances as the United States faces ongoing budget issues and a government shutdown.
The secretary’s main purpose for visiting Tokyo is to take part, along with Secretary of State John F. Kerry and their Japanese counterparts, in “two-plus-two” consultations between U.S. and Japanese foreign and defense ministers.
This event is the first time such high-level meetings have occurred in Japan’s capital, and comes as the Japanese government is reportedly considering the future roles of Japan’s self-defense forces. Hagel and Kerry are also scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
In Seoul, South Korea, the secretary celebrated the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korea alliance; participated in the 45th Security Consultative Meeting; presided over the U.S. Forces Korea change of command ceremony and visited with U.S. and South Korean troops.