U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held a bilateral summit on Monday at the State Guest House in Tokyo.
The two leaders underscored their countries' robust alliance and agreed to work together on a wide range of issues, including preserving peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and imposing sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
At a joint press conference, President Biden praised his friendship with Kishida, calling it "outstanding."
"Mr. Prime Minister, you've been outstanding, you've been an outstanding partner throughout this crisis. And our unity in the G7 to impose economic costs on Russia and support the people in Ukraine is sending a strong message about our willingness to defend a rule based international order."
Mr. Biden, who is paying his first visit to Japan as president, also applauded Kishida's determination to strengthen Japan's defense capabilities, saying that "a strong Japan and a strong U.S.-Japan alliance is a force for good in the region."
And in strengthening their security cooperation, Washington agreed to back Tokyo's bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Kishida said he secured Mr. Biden's support for a permanent seat amid growing calls for reform of the Security Council.
"I expressed the need for reform and the strengthening of the United Nations, including the Security Council, which has a major responsibility for the peace and stability of the international community, and President Biden expressed support for it. In addition, President Biden said that in the reformed Security Council that he would support Japan becoming a permanent member of the Security Council."
On North Korea, the Prime Minister confirmed that he will work "closely" with the U.S. and South Korea to deter Pyeongyang's continued provocations.
In their summit on Saturday, President Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol also stressed the importance of trilateral cooperation with Japan.
As for the Taiwan Strait, both presidents reiterated the importance of preserving peace and stability in the region, and together condemned Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.