U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to Tokyo and Seattle October 24-27. This will be her fourth trip to the Indo-Pacific region since May and demonstrates the United States’ continued commitment to the region and our allies Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK).
In Tokyo, Deputy Secretary Sherman will hold meetings with senior Japanese officials, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Hayashi Yoshimasa, Director General of the National Security Secretariat Akiba Takeo, Vice Foreign Minister Mori Takeo, and Vice Minister of Defense Suzuki Atsuo. She will also participate in a trilateral meeting with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori Takeo and ROK First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyundong, and she will hold a separate bilateral meeting with ROK First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyundong. While in Tokyo, Deputy Secretary Sherman will discuss women’s empowerment with a group of Japanese and ROK university students. She will also participate in a discussion on marriage equality with Japanese LGBTQI+ community leaders.