US - Japan

Chronology from Sep 2017 to Dec 2017

: Japan’s Cabinet approves installation of two Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense batteries.

: FM Kono delivers a statement on the threat posed by North Korea at the UN National Security Council meeting in New York.

: A window drops from a US helicopter and crashes on a school in Okinawa. One boy reported to have minor injuries from the incident.

: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga Yoshihide says that Tokyo and Washington remain in “100 percent agreement” on pressuring North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

: US, Japan, and South Korea conduct a two-day exercise to practice tracking missile launches from North Korea.

: Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun travels to Japan to meet officials following North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test.

: Japan and the European Union finalize the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

: Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Suzanne Lawrence travels to Tokyo to lead the US delegation for a conference on the Hague Abduction Convention.

: FM Kono visits Okinawa and meets Gov. Onaga and Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, Okinawa Area Coordinator of the US forces.

: North Korea launches an ICBM, a Hwasong-15.

: President Trump puts North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, a designation that allows the US to impose more sanctions on North Korea.

: US Marine member in Okinawa, driving under the influence of alcohol, gets involved in a traffic incident in which a Japanese man is killed.

: US and Japanese naval forces begin annual bilateral training exercises. More than 14,000 US personnel participate in the waters surrounding Okinawa.

: Ambassador to Japan William Haggerty visits Okinawa to meet Gov. Onaga Takeshi.

: President Trump, PM Abe, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hold a trilateral US-Japan-Australia summit on the sidelines of the EAS in Manila.

: Senior officials from Japan, US, Australia, and India meet in Manila to discuss free and open trade in the Indo-Pacific on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit (EAS).

: The remaining 11 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal announce that they are committed to moving forward with the trade agreement without the United States.

: Deputy PM Aso tells reporters that Japan is not willing to use an FTA to address the trade imbalance with the US.

: PM Abe and President Trump hold a bilateral summit in Tokyo.

: President Trump visits Japan.

: FM Kono meets Secretary of State Tillerson during his visit to Japan.

: FM Kono meets with US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer during his visit to Japan.

: FM Kono meets Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner during his visit to Japan.

: US Navy releases report of the Fleet Comprehensive Review of Surface Force Incidents. The report focuses on the collisions involving the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain over the past year.

: The 48th general election for members of the House of Representatives takes place in Japan.

: Reports suggest that US Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, commander of Pacific Air Forces, is the leading nominee to become the next head of US Pacific Command.

: Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan travels to Tokyo en route to a deputies-level US-Japan-Korea trilateral meeting in Seoul on Oct. 18.

: Vice President Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Aso Taro hold the second round of the Japan-US Economic Dialogue in Washington, DC. Joint Press Release.

: US transport helicopter makes an emergency landing after catching fire in a US military training area in northern Okinawa.

: PM Abe dissolves House of Representatives and calls an election for Oct. 22.

: Adm. Scott Swift, commander of US Pacific Fleet, requests to retire from the service after learning that he is not the Navy’s choice to replace Adm. Harry Harris as the next commander of US Pacific Command.

: Trump and PM Abe hold a bilateral summit meeting on the sidelines of UNGA.

: President Trump, PM Abe, and President Moon hold a trilateral US-Japan-Korea summit meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA.

: Eighth meeting of the US-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy convenes in Washington, DC.

: PM Abe delivers an address to the UNGA.

: PM Abe gives a speech at the New York Stock Exchange.

: PM Abe meets group of US chief executive officers on sidelines of the UNGA.

: FM Kono, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj hold trilateral Japan-US-India foreign ministers’ meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA.

: PM Abe visits New York to attend 72nd Session of the UNGA.

: Foreign Minister Kono Taro visits New York for 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

: PM Abe publishes an op-ed in The New York Times about the need for solidarity in the face of the threat posed by North Korea.

: North Korea launches a ballistic missile, which travels approximately 2,300 miles before landing in the sea off Hokkaido.

: Five US governors—Eric Holcomb (Indiana), Bruce Rauner (Illinois), Pete Ricketts (Nebraska), Rick Snyder (Michigan), and Scott Walker (Wisconsin)—visit Tokyo for 49th Annual Joint Meeting of the Japan-Midwest US Association and meet Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

: North Korea conducts its sixth nuclear test, a powerful nuclear device that it claims is a hydrogen bomb.

: North Korea conducts sixth nuclear test, a powerful device that it claims is a hydrogen bomb.

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