US - Japan

Chronology from Sep 2016 to Dec 2016

: Prime Minister Abe visits Pearl Harbor with President Obama.

: Japan’s Supreme Court rules in favor of the central government in the lawsuit brought by Okinawan Gov. Onaga concerning the Futenma base relocation, likely allowing construction to resume.

: US hosts a US-Japan-Korea trilateral cyber experts meeting on cybersecurity of critical infrastructure in Washington.

: Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel travels to Japan to discuss bilateral and regional issues of mutual concern.

: US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey crashes off Okinawa, crew members are rescued.

: US and Japan hold a bilateral Extended Deterrence Dialogue (EDD) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

: Japan’s House of Councillors votes to approve the TPP trade agreement, ensuring its ratification.

: Defense Secretary Carter and Japanese Defense Minister Inada meet in Tokyo to discuss security within the Asia-Pacific Region.

: Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Takisawa Motome meets family members of former US prisoners of war (POWs) in Tokyo.

: Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets Prime Minister Abe in Tokyo.

: Defense Secretary Ash Carter says that he welcomes the Japan-Korea GSOMIA security agreement signed today.

: President-elect Trump publishes a video message on his first 100 days in office, and announces that he plans to withdraw from the TPP trade deal on his first day as president.

: President Obama and Prime Minister Abe hold informal talks on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Peru.

: Secretary of State Kerry and Foreign Minister Kishida meet on the sidelines of the APEC Ministerial Meeting in Peru.

: Naha District Court orders Japanese government to pay damages due to aircraft noise from US air base in Okinawa, but rejects plaintiffs’ demand to halt flights.

: Prime Minister Abe travels to New York to meet President-elect Trump.

: Japan’s House of Councillors begins deliberations on the TPP trade agreement.

: Japan’s House of Representatives votes to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

: Prime Minister Abe speaks with President-elect Trump over the phone for 20 minutes to congratulate Trump and discuss US-Japan relations.

: Donald Trump is elected 45th US president.

: The 53rd Japan-US Business Conference is held in Tokyo.

: Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Sugiyama and Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam for the fifth round of Deputy-level trilateral consultations in Tokyo.

: US Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Japanese Administrative Vice Defense Minister Kuroe Tetsuo meet at the Pentagon.

: US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance Frank Rose visits Tokyo to discuss space security, arms control, and international security.

: Chief of Japanese Joint Staff Adm. Kawano Katsutoshi, Commander of  Combined Forces Command and US Forces Korea Gen. Vincent Brooks, Chairman of the Korean Joint Staff Gen. Lee Sun-jin, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford, and Commander of the US Pacific Command Adm. Harris meet at the Pentagon to discuss trilateral cooperation in response to North Korean nuclear and missile threats.

: US Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Robert King meets Minister for the Abduction Issue Kato Katsunobu and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Osuga Takeshia in Tokyo.

: Vice Minister Sugiyama Shinsuke meets US Permanent Representative to the UN Samantha Power in Tokyo to discuss North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile launches.

: Adm. Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, visits Japan and meets Minister of Defense Inada Tomomi.

: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on trilateral cooperation between the US, Japan, and South Korea.

: Prime Minister Abe and Vice-President Biden meet on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York.

: Prime Minister Abe and President Obama hold informal talks on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York.

: Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton meet on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York.

: US Secretary of State John Kerry, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Kishida Fumio, and South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se hold trilateral US-Japan-Korea ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

: Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court rules that Okinawan Gov. Onaga Takeshi’s cancellation of the landfill project for construction of a replacement facility for Futenma was illegal.

: Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo meets Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Vientiane and agrees to provide two large-sized patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines.

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