US - Japan
Chronology from Jan 2018 to May 2018
: Secretary of State Pompeo and Japanese Foreign Minister Kono meet in Amman, Jordan.
: Prime Minister Abe and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un express willingness in separate instances to set up a Japan-North Korea summit meeting.
: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un hold an inter-Korean summit in Panmunjom, South Korea.
: The United States, Japan, and Mongolia hold a trilateral meeting in Tokyo.
: Mike Pompeo is confirmed as secretary of State by the Senate in a 57-42 vote, and is sworn in to the office later in the day.
: Prime Minister Abe and Commander of US Pacific Command Adm. Harry Harris meet in Tokyo.
: Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton travels to Tokyo for meetings on US-Japan cooperation and regional security.
: US Department of State and Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs host Second Public-Private Sector Roundtable Discussion on US-Japan Cooperation on Third Country Infrastructure.
: US Department of State and the Business Council for International Understanding co-host a business roundtable, in cooperation with Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to discuss opportunities for US-Japan collaboration on infrastructure development in the Indo-Pacific region in Washington, DC.
: Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan and Japanese Foreign Minister Kono meet on the sidelines of the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Toronto.
: Japanese Parliament takes up discussion of TPP-related bills in the lower house.
: Prime Minister Abe visits the United States for a summit with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. Joint Press Conference.
: President Trump says that he is open to rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) if the US can secure a better deal than that negotiated under President Obama.
: Prime Minister Abe receives meets legislators participating in the US-Japan Legislative Exchange Program in Tokyo.
: The 9th US-India-Japan Trilateral Meeting is held in New Delhi, India.
: CIA Director Pompeo meets secretly with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang to lay the groundwork for a Trump-Kim summit.
: Minister of Finance Aso Taro says that Japan should not allow Washington to use tariffs to pressure Tokyo into talks for a bilateral FTA. He further says that Japan should avoid bilateral negotiations given the power imbalance between the two countries.
: Kim Jong Un visits Beijing and meets President Xi Jinping
: Lt. Gen. H.R McMaster resigns as National Security Advisor. President Trump names John Bolton as his replacement.
: US Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan Sales visits Tokyo to lead the US delegation at the Thirteenth Coordinating Committee Meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF).
: President Trump dismisses Rex Tillerson as secretary of State, and announces nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to the office.
: The 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) sign a revised pact in Chile.
: Japan and 10 other countries sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP, or TPP-11).
: President Trump issues new tariffs on steel and aluminum, with exemptions for Canada and Mexico, but not Japan.
: South Korea’s National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong announces that Trump has agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
: President Trump and Prime Minister Abe talk by telephone about the announcement that Trump will meet Kim.
: Gary Cohn resigns as President Trump’s top economic advisor.
: Prime Minister Abe meets Japanese American Leadership Delegation in Tokyo.
: Second International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2), which includes the United States, Japan, and 43 other countries, is held in Tokyo.
: Prime Minister Abe meets a delegation of the US Congressional Group on Japan in Tokyo.
: Prime Minister Abe meets Chief of Staff of the US Army Gen. Mark Milley in Tokyo.
: President Trump and Prime Minister Abe talk by telephone about US-Japan and US-Japan-ROK cooperation on North Korea.
: Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Abe meet in Tokyo for a bilateral meeting to discuss issues such as North Korea and regional security.
: Vice President Pence and Deputy Minister Aso Taro meet in Tokyo.
: Karen Pence, spouse of Vice President Mike Pence, and Akie Abe, first lady of Japan, meet in Tokyo to discuss US-Japan bilateral exchange through sister city relationships.
: US Department of Defense releases its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR).
: Foreign Minister Kono issues a statement welcoming the NPR and the US resolve to ensure the effectiveness of its extended deterrence to allies including Japan.
: President Trump and Prime Minister Abe talk by telephone about North Korea and trilateral US-Japan-ROK cooperation ahead of Vice President Pence’s visit to attend the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
: US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun travels to Japan to participate in the International Colloquium on Building Stable Peace in Northeast Asia.
: CIA Director Mike Pompeo says North Korea is only “a handful of months” from being able to deliver a nuclear attack to the territorial United States.
: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Foreign Minister Kono Taro meet on the sidelines of the Foreign Minister’s Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula, held in Vancouver, Canada. Remarks.
: Secretary Tillerson, Foreign Minister Kono, and Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha hold a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Foreign Minister’s Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula in Vancouver.