President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Noda of Japan

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan hold a press conference

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan hold a press conference in the East Room of the White House, April 30, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today, President Obama and Prime Minister Noda of Japan met to reaffirm the U.S.-Japan Alliance, a 60-year-old partnership between the two nations based on friendship and a commitment to peace.

Meeting just a month after the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the tsunami and nuclear crisis that followed, President Obama said that “we’ve seen that friendship on display very profoundly over the past year.”

“I’m told that over the past year many Japanese have found strength in what they call "kizuna" -- the bonds of solidarity between friends and neighbors; bonds which cannot be broken.  Mr. Prime Minister, the same could be said of the bonds between the United States and Japan.  And today we welcome you in that spirit.”

Following a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, the two leaders laid out a new joint vision to guide their alliance, and shape the Asia Pacific for decades to come. President Obama explained the four main points:

First, we recognize that the U.S.-Japan alliance will remain the foundation of the security and prosperity of our two nations but also a cornerstone of regional peace and security.  As such, we reviewed the agreement that our governments reached last week to realign American forces in Japan.  This reflects our effort to modernize America’s defense posture in the Asia Pacific with forces that are more broadly distributed, more flexible and more sustainable.  At the same time, it will reduce the impact on local communities, like Okinawa.

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