Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Emperor of Japan’s Birthday

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to send warm wishes to His Imperial Majesty on his 81st birthday this December 23 and congratulate Japan on this national day of celebration.

As I have mentioned in my many meetings with Foreign Minister Kishida, and as President Obama reiterated when he spoke with Prime Minister Abe last week, the United States-Japan Alliance has long been the cornerstone of peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

Based on our shared values and interests, Japan and the United States have forged an effective global partnership. We are grateful for Japan’s efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, advance women’s empowerment, promote sustainable economic development, respond generously to global challenges, and reinforce the rule of law throughout the world. The United States looks forward to continued cooperation with Japan in the years ahead.

We wish all Japanese people around the world peace and prosperity over the coming year.