Mattis reaffirms US defence commitment to Japan

03 February 2017

US secretary of defence Jim Mattis has reaffirmed the United States' commitment to its defence treaty with Japan.

"I want to make certain that Article 5 of our mutual defence treaty is understood to be as real to us today as it was a year ago, five years ago - and as it will be a year, and 10 years from now," said Mattis during a meeting with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on 3 February.

Article 5 of the US-Japan defence treaty obliges the United States to defend Japanese-administered territories.

Mattis also met with Japanese defence minister Tomomi Inada and foreign minister Fumio Kishida.

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