Abe Calls Japan-U.S. Alliance "Very Strong"


Tokyo, June 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the Japan-U.S. alliance "very strong," after U.S. President Donald Trump said the previous day that he has told the Japanese leader of the need to review the security treaty between the two countries.

Abe made the remark in a debate program held in the run-up to the July 21 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.

Trump cited the need to review the treaty at a press conference on Saturday in the city of Osaka, western Japan, where he attended the two-day Group of 20 summit through the day.

Specifically, Trump said that the U.S.-Japan security treaty is "an unfair agreement" and that he has told Abe about this "for the last six months." If Japan is attacked, the United Sates will come to fight for Japan under the treaty, but if the United States comes under attack, Japan does not have to do the same, Trump also said.

In the debate, Abe said that Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military now can cooperate for the defense of Japan, touching on Japan's national security legislation that enables the country to exercise the right to collective self-defense. The security legislation went into force in March 2016.

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