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Release No: NR-004-14
January 04, 2014

Readout of Secretary Hagel's call with Japan's Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby provided the following readout:

"This morning, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to express appreciation for the Government of Japan's efforts in securing approval of the landfill permit request to build the Futenma Replacement Facility at Camp Schwab-Henoko Bay, which is a critical part of the realignment of U.S. forces on Okinawa.

"He also noted the importance of the recent agreement by the United States and Japan to negotiate a framework to supplement the Status of Forces Agreement on environmental matters.

"Secretary Hagel and Minister Onodera discussed the implementation of several Alliance initiatives announced in the Oct. 3, 2013, 2+2 statement, including the deployment of a second TPY-2 missile defense radar to Japan and the launch of a forward-looking revision of the U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines, where the two agreed on the importance of a transparent process.

"Secretary Hagel underscored the importance of Japan taking steps to improve relations with its neighbors, and to promote cooperation in advancing the shared goals of regional peace and stability. Secretary Hagel said he looked forward to continued bilateral discussions on strengthening the Alliance to meet the security challenges of the 21st century."

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