Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he agreed with U.S. President Barack Obama that the alliance between their countries will continue to play a crucial role in ensuring peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
Following their summit in Tokyo, Obama told a joint press conference that the U.S.-Japan security treaty covers the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, showing U.S. commitment to defending Japan in the event of a contingency. China has also claimed the uninhabited islets.
Obama attends welcoming ceremony by emperor
TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama attended a welcoming ceremony Thursday morning at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, marking the first meeting between the president and the emperor since November 2009.
Obama, who is travelling without the first lady, Michelle Obama, became the first U.S. president to be received as a state guest in 18 years.
U.S. vows to defend Japan over Senkakus: Obama
TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday the Senkaku Islands fall under the Japan-U.S. security treaty, showing U.S. resolve to defend Japan from China's attempts to take control of the Japanese-administered islands in the East China Sea.
Speaking at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after a summit in Tokyo, Obama said the islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of the treaty's Article 5, which obliges the United States to defend Japan.
Collective self-defense "important" to address N. Korea provocations, Obama said