Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting (Summary)

August 18, 2023

[Provisional translation]

On August 18, commencing at 10:35 a.m. (11:35 p.m., August 18, Japan time), for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting Camp David to attend the Japan-U.S.-ROK Summit Meeting, held a meeting with the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States of America. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida reiterated his sympathies on the wild fires in Maui, Hawaii and stated Japan’s decision to provide relief measures for the victims of the disaster. He also stated that the Japan-U.S.-ROK Summit Meeting is meaningful, and in response, President Biden stated that he wishes to deepen cooperation between Japan and the U.S. as well as among Japan, the U.S., and the ROK under the increasingly severe security environment.

  2. The two leaders exchanged views on regional issues.

    (1)Regarding Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the two leaders concurred on continuing severe sanctions against Russia and robust support for Ukraine in close coordination with the G7 and other like-minded countries.

    (2)The two leaders concurred on continuing to work closely together in addressing issues related to China. The two leaders also confirmed the importance of cooperating with China on shared challenges. Furthermore, the two leaders reiterated the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and encouraged the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues.

    (3)Prime Minister Kishida expressed his appreciation for the U.S. support and understanding concerning Japan’s efforts on the ALPS treated water. The two leaders exchanged views on coordination to prevent the spread of disinformation regarding the ALPS treated water.

  3. Recognizing the U.S. commitment to the defense of Japan backed by the full range of U.S. capabilities, the two leaders welcomed that the two countries will initiate the joint development of GPI (Glide Phase Interceptor) for further strengthening Alliance deterrence and response capabilities.

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