Japan-US ties

Added On April 19, 2017

Japan and the United States have agreed to work together with countries in the region to address tensions on the Korean Peninsula. 
The two countries have also pledged to step up their economic cooperation with the launch of a "U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue".
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Japan on Tuesday for the second stop of a 10-day Asia tour. 
During the talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Pence reaffirmed the Japan-U.S. alliance. He also spoke of the importance of cooperating with other countries, to peacefully realize a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. 
Tensions have risen in the region, with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) carrying out multiple missile tests and two nuclear tests in the past 18 months.
“Now the United States will continue to work closely with Japan, our allies across the region and China, to bring economic and diplomatic pressure until North Korea abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. But all options are on the table.”
During his visit, Pence also held talks with Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and launched the "U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue" .
It is seen as means to deepen bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries, and smooth over bumps since the Trump administration took office. 
Trump has consistently threatened to take action against countries who run large trade surpluses with the U.S., of which Japan has the second largest. 
Also, one of Trump's first acts as President was to sign an executive order, officially withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, of which Japan was a key member.
"The TPP is a thing of the past for the United States of America. The Trump administration has made a decision and taken steps to formally withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and that will be our policy going forward. Today, given the facts of the evidence, the United States of America is determined to reach out to our partners in the Asian pacific and around the world to explore the possibilities of expanded economic opportunities including trade on a bilateral basis."
The visit follows a meeting between Abe's visit to the US in February. Further talks are scheduled for December.