Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visits Washington for the first time. Vice President Biden offers full-throated support of U.S.-Japan alliance. The two leaders announce measures to deepen a strategic alliance to deter China. Both countries are seeking to counter China, Russia and North Korea. Japan’s Defense Minister Kishida says the country is at a “turning point” in its national security policy.
The U.S. will reconstitute an artillery unit now based on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The unit will become a more lethal force with anti-ship missiles, advanced radar and other weapons.