04.29.15

Senator Perdue Welcomes Japan Prime Minister Abe To Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a joint session of Congress:

“I am excited to welcome Prime Minister Abe to the United States. This is truly an historic event, as he is the first Japanese leader to address a Joint Session of Congress. The Prime Minister’s address to Congress and the American people is not only timely, but is also an important step in strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance.

“Today, we face a global security crisis. From countering terrorism to safeguarding the Asia-Pacific region, Japan has proven to be an indispensable ally. We have opportunities to strengthen this relationship by finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This trade agreement would enhance America’s partnerships with Asian nations, grow our economy, and further American global leadership.

“I commend the Abe government for successfully updating the guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation, which will ensure even closer bilateral ties in the future. We must also provide our military with the resources needed to strengthen bilateral ties with Japan and counter growing Chinese aggression in this strategic part of the world. 

“As a member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that we stand with our friend and ally, Japan.”

Senator Perdue joined Chairman Corker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) in introducing a bipartisan resolution on the significance of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Read full text of the resolution here.