The U.S.-Japan Council extends congratulations to Prime Minister Abe and President Trump for the productive meetings in Washington, DC and Florida held last week. As an organization that is dedicated to building lasting people-to-people connections to ensure a strong relationship between the United States and Japan, the formal and informal meetings were an important and promising beginning to developing mutual understanding between Prime Minister Abe and a new U.S. president. We look forward to future efforts to strengthen our two economies through enhanced trade, a continuation of our strong security alliance, expanded educational and cultural exchanges, and peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region.
Prime Minister Abe and President Trump shake hands (Photo courtesy of the Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet's Twitter page, @kantei)
We recognize that our efforts to build a strong U.S.-Japan relationship is in the best interest of both countries and its peoples. When countries become enemies, the outcomes can be monumental. We reflect upon the signing of Executive Order (EO) 9066 by President Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, which resulted in the unjust incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Forty-six years later, the U.S. Congress and President Reagan formally apologized and provided token monetary reparations with the passage of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) will open exhibitions and educational programs this month on Executive Order 9066.
Banners showcasing the JANM exhibition on EO 9066 (Photo courtesy of JANM's Facebook page)
At the January 2017 Annual Meeting of the Japanese Ambassador, Consuls General of Japan, and Japanese American leaders, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs encouraged Japanese diplomats to attend and support commemorative events related to the 75thanniversary of EO 9066. This was a significant message reflecting how far our two countries have come since the end of World War II, as well as the collaboration and respect that has developed between Japanese Americans and the Government of Japan.
As Prime Minister Abe and President Trump begin to work together, we are committed to working with government, business and civil society leaders in both countries to ensure a vibrant and dynamic U.S.-Japan relationship. We hope to strengthen this relationship by enhancing the diversity of leaders committed to it, and by increasing positive and productive cooperation that benefits both countries and the Asia-Pacific region.
For more information about the Prime Minister's visit, see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs webpage here.
For the joint statement by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe, please click here.