The United States Secretary of State William Rogers, met with Japanese leaders in Tokyo on Wednesday (8 July), for talks on trade, security, and the future of Indo-China.
The United States Secretary of State William Rogers, met with Japanese leaders in Tokyo on Wednesday (8 July), for talks on trade, security, and the future of Indo-China. Earlier he attended a conference of America's war allies in South East Asia.
He spend five hours with Prime Minister Eisaky Sato, Foreign Minister Kiichi Aichi and Finance Minister Takeo Fukuda. Mr Roger's visit at a time when relations between the two countries are going through a period of change.
Their joint security pact has been renewed in spite of opposition but there has ben disagreement over a U.S. request for voluntary curbs on Japanese textile imports which are said to be damaging the American industry. Last month's talks on the problem ended in deadlock, but Mr Rogers agreed on Wednesday that the issue should not spill over into other fields.
Other topics discussed included the return of U.S.-held Okinawa Island to Japan in 1972 and Japanese economic aid to South East Asia. On Okinawa Mr Aichi said later that Mr Rogers had promised the U.S. government would do everything possible to arrange for removal of deadly nerve gas from the island. It is stored at U.S. bases on the island.
Mr Rogers is also said to have expressed the hope that Japan would step up her constructive aid to South-East Asia.