United States and Japan to Hold Session of Extended Deterrence Dialogue

Office of the Spokesperson

The United States and Japan will hold a bilateral Extended Deterrence Dialogue (EDD) from December 9-11, in Tokyo, Japan.  The EDD provides an opportunity for the two allies to hold in-depth discussions on how to maintain and strengthen deterrence as part of their security and defense cooperation.

On the U.S. side, the talks will be co-led by the Department of State’s Thomas G. DiNanno, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Policy, Emerging Threats, and Outreach in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, and Robert Soofer, Department of Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy.  The Japanese side will be represented by Mr. Yutaka Arima, Deputy Director-General, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Takeshi Ishikawa, Deputy Director-General, Defense Policy Bureau, Ministry of Defense.

As part of the U.S.-Japan Alliance, the two governments engage in broad and detailed discussions on deterrence issues and have held the EDD on a regular basis since 2010.

For more information on the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, visit www.state.gov/t/avc.