10 August 2017
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday Japan will continue to cooperate with the United States to take specific steps in strengthening their defense systems against North Korea's growing missile threat. Suga said the U.S.-Japan alliance's deterring power against Pyongyang will be discussed on August 17. During the countries' two-plus-two meeting where Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will meet U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in Washington. Suga also said the Japanese government is ready to evacuate its citizens in the event of an attack on a foreign country, or Guam - a popular destination among Japanese tourists.