Kan vows to strengthen Japan-U.S. alliance

15:42, June 11, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Naoto Kan, Japan's Finance Minister addresses a press conference in Tokyo, capital of Japan, on June 3, 2010. Japan's DPJ chooses Naoto Kan as new Party President on June 4. (Xinhua Photo)

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan vowed to deepen Japan-U.S. alliance in his first policy address Friday, saying the alliance is the "axis" of Japan's foreign policy.

"The Japan-U.S. alliance is not only vital for Japan's defense, but also an asset for the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region," Kan said.

The newly-elected prime minister also said Japan will deepen the strategic mutually beneficial relations with China.

On the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture, Kan reiterated that he will honor the agreement reached late last month with Washington.

But Kan said he will also try to reduce the burden shouldered by the prefecture in hosting the air base and the bulk of U.S. forces in Japan under a bilateral security accord.

"The relocation of Futenma U.S. air base, return and relocation of some of the U.S. marines to Guam has to be realized at any rate, " he said.

Kan said he will visit the prefecture on June 23 to attend a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, in which more than 200,000 were killed during the closing stages of World War II.



  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Giant red lantern lights up in Tiananmen Square to celebrate the coming National Day on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Li Xin)
  • A ceremony is held in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, on Sept. 28, 2011, to commemorate the 2,562nd birthday of Confucius (551-479 BC), a Chinese thinker, educationist and philosopher. (Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng)
  • The world's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for delivery arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, capital of Japan, on Sept. 28, 2011. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, whose buyer is All Nippon Airways (ANA), will implement a flight of ANA on Oct. 26 from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Hong Kong in south China. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)
  • A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter shows what is believed to be human jawbone found inside a mass grave near Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, Spet. 27, 2011. The NTC on Sunday said they had found a mass grave containing the bodies of 1,270 people killed by Gaddafi's security forces in a 1996 massacre at Abu Salim prison in southern Tripoli. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
  • Rescue workers and local residents search for survivors after a building collapsed in old Delhi, India, Sept. 27, 2011. At least 10 people were killed and 35 injured when an old three-storey building collapsed. More than a dozen people are still feared trapped under the debris, police said. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)
  • A visitor has flying experience in the windmill castle of Jinshitan National Holiday resort in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 27, 2011. The castle is a 23-meter-high building with 21 meters in diameter. The castle uses wind tunnel to make objects floating in the air. It is the first indoor stadium in China, which enables people to have flying experience. (Xinhua/Zhang Chunlei)
Hot Forum Discussion