Following the inauguration of the US Biden administration, Shigeru Kitamura, director of the National Security Bureau, held the first telephone talks with US National Security Adviser Sullivan on the night of the 21st. Along with the importance of the Japan-US alliance, the new Biden administration has reaffirmed that Article 5 of the Japan-US Security Treaty, which stipulates the US defense obligations to Japan, will apply to the Senkaku Islands.
According to the announcement by the Japanese side, Mr. Sullivan opposed any unilateral action to undermine Japan’s administration of the Senkaku and stated that he would fulfill his obligations under the Japan-US Security Treaty. It is designed with China in mind, which repeatedly invades the territory around the Senkaku Islands.
Mr. Kitamura congratulated Mr. Sullivan who took office. Under the leadership of the two leaders on issues such as strengthening the Japan-US alliance, realizing the diplomatic policy “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)” that Japan and the United States have shared, and economic security. He said he wanted to work closely.
Sharing awareness even in the abduction issue
Both sides also exchanged opinions on regional situations such as China and North Korea and the abduction issue and shared basic awareness. It is said that they agreed to work closely with “comrade countries” that share values such as Japan-US and Japan-US-Australia.
The application of Article 5 of the Japan-US Security Treaty to the Senkaku was confirmed by telephone discussions between Mr. Biden and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who were sure to win the US presidential election in November last year.