Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby:
"Secretary Hagel met in Tokyo today with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"Secretary Hagel thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership and for helping our two militaries maintain a strong relationship. He also expressed his firm commitment to the U.S.-Japan treaty of mutual cooperation and security and to working closely together with the leadership of the Japanese Self-Defense Force to improve our collective capabilities.
"The two leaders discussed a range of regional security issues, to include recent provocations by North Korea, Chinese maritime claims and military activities, and the need for a continued focus on dialogue and cooperation between the U.S., Japan and the Republic of Korea.
"Secretary Hagel reiterated the strong support of the United States for Japanese efforts at defense reform. He also thanked Minister Abe for the support of the Japanese government in securing last December the landfill permit for the Futenma Replacement Facility."