US - Japan

Chronology from Sep 2013 to Dec 2013

: Okinawa Gov. Nakaima Hirokazu approves a landfill permit for the Futenma Replacement Facility at Henoko.

: President Obama signs the 2014 NDAA bill.

: Prime Minister Abe visits Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.  US Embassy in Tokyo issues a statement expressing disappointment and urging Japan and its neighbors to deal with sensitive issues of the past in constructive ways and improve relations.

: US and Japan announce bilateral consultations toward a framework regarding environmental stewardship of US military facilities and areas in Japan.

: 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) including the repeal that prohibits funding for the realignment of US Marines from Okinawa to Guam clears the Senate.

: Abe Cabinet approves the country’s first National Security Strategy as well as new National Defense Program Guidelines and Midterm Defense Plan.

: Yomiuri Shimbun and Gallup publish an annual survey of US and Japanese views on US-Japan relations and other issues.

: Ministers and heads of delegation for the 12 TPP countries finish a four-day ministerial in Singapore and announce “substantial progress” towards an agreement with a pledge to continue discussions in January 2014.

: Kyodo News survey finds 82 percent of the Japanese public wants the new secrecy of information law revised or abolished.

: Legislation stiffening penalties for leaks of classified information passes the Diet.

: Japanese government announces a $182 billion economic stimulus package.

: Vice President Joe Biden meets Prime Minister Abe in Tokyo and reaffirms bilateral coordination on China’s ADIZ.  Abe and Biden also issue a joint statement outlining other initiatives on the bilateral agenda.

: Asahi Shimbun survey indicates a 49 percent approval rating for the Abe Cabinet.

: State Department states that the US government generally expects commercial airlines operating internationally to operate consistent with Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), but that this expectation does not indicate US government acceptance of China’s requirements for operating in the East China Sea ADIZ.

: Defense Secretary Hagel and Defense Minister Onodera discuss the situation in the East China Sea during a telephone call.

: Japanese Diet approves legislation establishing a National Security Council in the Prime Minister’s Office.

: US sends two B-52 bombers into China’s ADIZ to demonstrate freedom of navigation in international airspace.

: Japanese government asks Japanese commercial airlines not to submit flight plans to Chinese authorities as requested by China when it announced an East China Sea ADIZ.

: Special Representative for North Korea Policy Davies visits Tokyo for consultations on North Korea policy.

: Defense Secretary Hagel and Secretary of State Kerry each issue statements expressing concern about China’s announcement of an East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

: Chief negotiators for the 12 TPP countries meet in Salt Lake City, Utah, to address outstanding issues.

: US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy presents her credentials to Emperor Akihito in Tokyo.

: Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Cho Tae-yong, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Junichi Ihara meet in Washington, DC for a trilateral dialogue on North Korea.

: Abe Cabinet approval rating stands at 60 percent according to a Kyodo News survey.  Fifty percent of the Japanese public opposes a bill to stiffen penalties for leaking classified information.

: US and Japanese negotiators meet in Washington for the third round of bilateral trade talks conducted in parallel with the TPP negotiations.

: Jiji Press poll yields a 55.8 percent approval rating for the Abe Cabinet.  Forty-seven percent of respondents approve of Prime Minister Abe visiting the Yasukuni Shrine.

: US Senate approves the nomination of Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan.

: Deputy Secretary of State William Burns discusses the US-Japan relationship in an address to the US-Japan Council in Washington, DC.

: Kerry, Kishida, and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop convene for a ministerial of the US-Japan-Australia Trilateral Strategic Dialogue on the margins of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia.

: Kerry and Hagel pay their respects at Chidorigafuchi, a cemetery in Tokyo for the remains of unidentified Japanese who died overseas during World War II.

: Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Defense Minister Onodera Itsunori convene in Tokyo for a Security Consultative Committee (SCC) or “2+2” meeting and issue a joint statement outlining priorities for the US-Japan alliance.  They also sign a protocol amending the 2009 Guam International Agreement regarding the realignment of US forces in Japan.

: Prime Minister Abe announces a decision to increase the consumption tax from 5 to 8 percent beginning in April 2014.

: US and Japanese negotiators meet in Tokyo for the second round of bilateral trade negotiations taking place in parallel to TPP negotiations.

: US and Japanese governments reach an agreement on trade in organic foods, noting that beginning in January 2014 foods certified as organic in Japan or the US can be sold as organic in either country.

: Abe addresses the United Nations General Assembly to outline his diplomatic agenda across a range of issue areas including women’s empowerment.

: Prime Minister Abe discusses his economic policies at the New York Stock Exchange and outlines his vision for Japan as a “proactive contributor to peace” in a separate address to the Hudson Institute in New York City.

: Yomiuri Shimbun survey posts a 67 approval rating for the Abe Cabinet.

: Chief negotiators for the 12 TPP countries convene in Washington, DC.

: Kyodo News survey finds 46.8 percent of the public favors an increase in the consumption tax while 50 percent disapprove.

: Komeito leader Yamaguchi Natsuo meets Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and other US officials regarding the US-Japan alliance and regional issues.

: Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield meets officials in Tokyo to discuss bilateral and international cooperation on rule of law issues.

: Cabinet Office of Japan revises estimates for second quarter real GDP growth upward from 2.6 to 3.8 percent and reports that business investment turned positive for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2011.

: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel meets officials in Tokyo to discuss a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues.

: International Olympic Committee selects Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

: Obama and Abe discuss security issues including Syria and North Korea, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations, and other issues in a meeting on the margins of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

: State Department releases fact sheet on economic and strategic imperatives of TPP.

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