US - Japan
Chronology from Sep 2021 to Dec 2021
: USTR Tai and FM Hayashi speak by videoconference.
: Representatives of US and Japanese governments announce consensus has been reached on a new Special Measures Agreement concerning Host Nation Support.
: G7 foreign ministers release a joint statement expressing concerns about Hong Kong’s Legislative Council elections, which took place on Dec. 19.
: Senate confirms Rahm Emanuel as next US ambassador to Japan.
: Kishida announces that he is extending the ban on foreign visitors to Japan until at least early 2022.
: Department of State and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry hold the second Japan-US Clean Energy Partnership plenary meeting.
: Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose Fernandez travels to Japan and meets Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Hiroshi Suzuki.
: Secretary Blinken and FM Hayashi meet on sidelines of the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers Meeting in the United Kingdom.
: Japan hosts the Nutrition for Growth summit.
: Biden administration announces US diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
: Navies from the US, Japan, Australia, Canada, and Germany conclude the nine-day ANNUALEX in the Philippine Sea.
: Kishida announces Japan will ban entry for all foreign visitors out of concern for the omicron variant of COVID-19.
: Biden announces the US will ban travel for non-US citizens from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi out of concern for the omicron variant of COVID-19.
: Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Mori meets Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
: Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Office of the US Trade Representative launch the Japan-US Partnership on Trade.
: US Trade Representative Katherine Tai visits Japan and meets with FM Hayashi and Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno.
: Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo visits Japan and meets FM Hayashi and Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno.
: Secretary Blinken and FM Hayashi speak by telephone.
: Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Aquilino meets Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo, Foreign Minister Hayashi, and Prime Minister Kishida in Tokyo.
: Japan hosts 12th US-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy.
: Hayashi Yoshimasa is appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs.
: JASDF and the US Air Force hold first-ever joint search and rescue exercises north of Ishigaki and Miyako Islands in Okinawa.
: North American Affairs Bureau Director-General Ichikawa meets Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs Kritenbrink.
: Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command Adm, John Aquilino and Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Gen. Koji Yamazaki visit Ground Self-Defense Force’s Camp Amami in Kagoshima Prefecture and Air Self-Defense Force’s Naha Base and Ground Self-Defense Force’s Camp Yonaguni in Okinawa.
: Foreign Minister Motegi is appointed to post of LDP secretary-general.
: Biden and Kishida hold informal talks on the sidelines of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) meeting in Glasgow.
: Amari Akira announces resignation from post of LDP secretary-general following his district loss in the election.
: General elections are held for Japan’s House of Representatives.
: US and Japan launch new cooperation with the government of Indonesia under the Japan-US Clean Energy Partnership to increase clean energy investment in the Indo-Pacific.
: Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim, Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Funakoshi, and Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk hold a trilateral meeting in Washington, DC.
: Kishida dissolves the House of Representatives for a general election on Oct. 31.
: Foreign Minister Motegi and Secretary of State Blinken speak by telephone.
: President Biden and Prime Minister Kishida Fumio speak by telephone.
: Kishida is elected prime minister of Japan by members of the House of Representatives.
: Kishida Fumio is elected president of the Liberal Democratic Party.
: Keichi Ichikawa, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ North American Affairs Bureau, visits Washington, to meet Daniel Kritenbrink, assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
: President Biden, Prime Minister Suga, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet in Washington, DC for the second Quad summit meeting.
: President Biden and PM Suga meet in Washington, on the sidelines of the Quad summit meeting.
: PM Suga visits the United States for the Quad summit meeting and the UN General Assembly meeting.
: Secretary of State Blinken and Foreign Minister Motegi meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.
: Foreign Minister Motegi, Secretary of State Blinken, and Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong hold a trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting.
: US Food and Drug Administration announces that it has lifted import restrictions on Japanese food products related to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.
: US Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Funakoshi Takehiro and Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk meet in Tokyo.
: Prime Minister Suga announces he will not run in the upcoming LDP presidential race and will resign September 30.
: Prime Minister Suga announces he will not run in the upcoming LDP presidential race and will resign by September 30.