Japan to step up security cooperation with US: Min

Japan wants to step up security cooperation with the United States following a bilateral accord last month to enhance the two countries` alliance, Japan Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto said.

Tokyo: Japan wants to step up security
cooperation with the United States following a bilateral
accord last month to enhance the two countries` alliance,
Japan Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto said on Friday.

Matsumoto also expressed gratitude to Adm Michael
Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, presently in
the country, for support provided by US forces for victims of
the March 11 quake and tsunami under Operation Tomodachi,
named after the Japanese word for friend.

Mullen told the minister that the United States is
"proud of our relationship and obviously from my perspective,
it was very easy to give that kind of support" to Japan in an
emergency.

Washington mobilised more than 20,000 personnel,
around 160 aircraft and 20 vessels from the US military for
relief activities under Operation Tomodachi.

Mullen is scheduled to visit disaster-stricken areas
including Sendai tomorrow, according to a Defence Ministry
official.

PTI

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