The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori Takeo today in Tokyo. Deputy Secretary Sherman and Vice Foreign Minister Mori reaffirmed their commitment to the U.S.-Japan Alliance, which remains the cornerstone of peace, security, and prosperity in a free and open Indo-Pacific region and the rules-based international order, as well as to our shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. Deputy Secretary Sherman reiterated the U.S. commitment to the immediate resolution of the abduction issue. Deputy Secretary Sherman and Vice Foreign Minister Mori discussed efforts to support the people of Burma in promoting a return to democracy. The Deputy Secretary and the Vice Foreign Minister also highlighted the importance of U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea cooperation to meet the global challenges of the 21st century, including the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, combating COVID-19 and the climate crisis, and ensuring strong supply chains.