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PacNet #10 – U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee: an assessment

March 10, 2005

On Feb. 19, the U.S. secretaries of State and Defense met with their Japanese counterparts in Washington, DC at the Security Consultative Committee (more commonly known as the “2+2 meeting”). The joint statement released after the meeting applauds the cooperation between the two countries, reaffirms the significance of the U.S.-Japan security relationship to the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and articulates a set of common strategic goals for the alliance. The joint declaration also notes Japan’s efforts to take a more active role in international security affairs.