December 16, 2022

Duckworth Applauds New National Security Strategy and Investments by Japan, Ushering in New Era of Alliance


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after Japan announced its new National Security Strategy that will double the country’s defense budget over the next five years:

“As Japan takes decisive action towards a more assertive approach to national security, I’m pleased that today’s announcement will help usher in a new phase of the U.S.-Japan alliance. With the new National Security Strategy and the increase in Japan’s defense spending, our nations will deliver on our shared goals of promoting democracy and defending the security of the Indo-Pacific region. I applaud Prime Minister Kishida’s strong leadership amid challenging security dynamics in the region, and I look forward to working together to help make this bold vision a reality.”

In 2019, Senator Duckworth participated in a tri-partisan Senate Armed Services Committee delegation visit to Southeast Asia with a stop in Japan to build and strengthen relationships with our Asian partners.