On Friday September 14 2012, Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Defence Minister Stephen Smith will welcome the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E Mr Koichiro Gemba, and the Minister of Defense of Japan, H.E Mr Satoshi Morimoto, to Sydney for the fourth Australia-Japan 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministers' Meeting.
In April 2011, Prime Minister Gillard and Japanese Prime Minister Kan agreed that a vision statement on the future of the security and defence relationship would be a matter for the next 2+2 Meeting.
The talks present an opportunity to further develop this statement.
Australia and Japan have also worked closely on regional issues in forums such as the 2012 East Asia Summit. The talks will permit discussions on matters including regional co-operation and maritime issues including the South China Sea.
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