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Abe, Obama hold summit meeting
The leaders of Japan and the United States have reaffirmed that the alliance between their 2 countries will play a crucial role in bringing peace to the world.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama made the statement at a joint news conference after their summit meeting in Washington on Tuesday.
They also welcomed the significant progress made in bilateral negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and agreed to work together for an early conclusion.
Abe said the 2 countries have opened a new page in the history of the Japan-US alliance and it's now an indispensable alliance for the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the world.
Abe said the 2 nations are partners that share such basic values as freedom, democracy, basic human rights and the rule of law.
Obama stressed that across 70 years, the 2 countries have become not just allies but global partners that stand together for security and human dignity around the world, opposing threats to the international order.
Abe and Obama also discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.
Abe said prosperity is what brings about peace, and that belief has led the 2 countries to the commitment to quickly conclude the TPP.
Obama said the TPP will help level the playing field and set high standards for trade in the 21st century. He added that the TPP will be good for the workers of both countries.
The 2 leaders also talked about China's increased maritime activities. Obama said both countries are committed to responding swiftly to China's actions.
Obama also said the US commitment to Japan's security is absolute and the US-Japan security treaty covers the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Japan controls the islands. China and Taiwan claim them.
On the issue of relocating the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station within Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa, Abe said Japan and the United States will work to ease the local residents' burden of hosting US bases.
Abe said he will remove the dangers associated with the base by moving it to a less-populated area of Henoko. The Futenma Air Station is located in a densely populated neighborhood. Okinawa Prefecture has more than 70 percent of the US military facilities in Japan.
Abe also talked about those referred to as comfort women. He said he feels sorry whenever he thinks of them as they experienced human trafficking that was beyond description. Abe said Japan has made various efforts to provide assistance to those women.
Regarding the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Abe said Japan has not yet decided to join it. But he said the country will cooperate with the US to hold dialogue with China about the various concerns surrounding the AIIB.
He said he feels sorry whenever he thinks of them as they experienced human trafficking that was beyond description.