US-Japan alliance ‘cornerstone of Indo-Pacific stability’: Pentagon chief

United States Defense Secretary James N. Mattis described the US-Japan alliance as a “cornerstone of Indo-Pacific stability” during his visit to Tokyo on June 30. Mattis met with his Japanese counterpart Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera.

He also said that US’ commitment to the alliance “remains ironclad with a long-term ally.”

“We’re in the midst of very unprecedented negotiations right now with North Korea,” Mattis said. “But in this dynamic time, the long-standing alliance between Japan and the United States stands firm.”

Mattis’ recent trip to Japan was his seventh visit as Pentagom to the Indo-Pacific region and the fifth meeting with Onodera.

“These visits represent just how strongly we prioritize this relationship between our two militaries,” he said. “I think it’s fitting for trusted allies as America continues to look west and to strengthen long-standing alliances as specified in President [Donald J.] Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.”