The Straits Times
Published on Nov 10, 2012

Japan, US to discuss revising defence guidelines: Minister


TOKYO (AFP) - Japan and the United States have agreed to discuss updating 15-year-old guidelines on their security alliance in view of China's growing military presence in the region, a Japanese official said.

After meeting high-level US officials, Senior Vice Defence Minister Akihisa Nagashima told Japanese media in Washington that the two countries had "agreed to deepen Japan-US strategic consultations".

He said the two countries were oriented "in the same direction" on Tokyo's proposal to revise guidelines on Japan-US defence cooperation, which were introduced in 1997 with a focus on possible conflict on the Korean peninsula.

Mr Nagashima was speaking after separate meetings with Deputy Defence Secretary Ashton Carter and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell.