Mattis Reaffirms Alliance in Meeting With Japanese Counterpart


Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, greets Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at the State Department.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, greets Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at the State Department ahead of a U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting, Aug. 17, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, greets Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at the State Department.
Mattis Greets
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, greets Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at the State Department ahead of a U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting, Aug. 17, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley
Photo By: Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley
VIRIN: 170817-D-GO396-0010
with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera today on the sidelines of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting at the State Department to reaffirm the strength of the U.S-Japan Alliance, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. 

In a statement summarizing the meeting between the two defense leaders, White said Mattis emphasized that the United States remains steadfast in its ironclad commitment to defend Japan in the face of common threats, such as those posed by North Korea. 

"They also discussed the accelerating implementation of the 2015 Revised Guidelines for Bilateral Defense Cooperation and enhancing Japan's defense capabilities," she added.