IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Secretary Ash Carter Hosts Honor Cordon for Japan Minister of Defense


 Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will host an enhanced honor cordon to welcome Japan's Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada to the Pentagon at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 15, on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance.  Following the arrival ceremony there will be a bilateral meeting followed by a series of defense briefings.
 
This will be Secretary Carter's first meeting with Minister Inada, and comes just weeks after Inada's appointment to minister of defense.
 
All journalists desiring to cover the cordon must obtain a wristband from security screening. Journalists without a Pentagon facility access card must go through security screening at the base of the River Entrance Pedestrian Bridge, and will be escorted to the cordon from there.  Security screening will begin at approximately 1:50 p.m. EDT; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.  Journalists with a Pentagon facility access card, and whom have entered the building prior to 1:30 p.m. EDT, may go through security screening at the River Entrance to obtain their wristband.   All journalists wishing to cover the honor cordon, including those with a Pentagon facility access card, must be in place no later than 2:15 p.m. EDT.  Once security screening has been initiated at the base of the bridge, all journalists entering the building via the bridge for any reason, including those with a Pentagon facility access card not covering the honor cordon, must undergo security screening.  Please call 703-697-5131 with any questions.