U.S. Forces Japan commander Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider welcomes Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES
U.S. Forces Japan commander Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider welcomes Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES

USFJ commander emphasizes ‘greater number of challenges’ during visit with Japan’s defense chief

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Challenges are growing for the United States and Japan in the Far East, the commander of U.S. Forces Japan told his host nation’s defense minister Wednesday in western Tokyo.

The nature of those challenges were not specified by Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider during the initial portion of his meeting with Takeshi Iwaya, who became Japan’s defense minister in October.

The pair had a short conversation in front of reporters, who were not offered a chance to ask questions, inside USFJ headquarters, which Iwaya visited after a calling on the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Air Defense Command, also at Yokota.

“There are … a greater number of challenges that we both must contend with, which puts greater emphasis on training and readiness and the ability to respond to whatever situations may arise,” Schneider told Iwaya.

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