Media Note
Washington, DC
October 25, 2010


Date: 10/25/2010 Description: U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos and Japan's Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Sumio Mabuchi shake hands after signing the Open Skies Memorandum of Understanding on Oct. 25, 2010 at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Tokyo. - State Dept Image

Today in Tokyo, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, John Roos, and the Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Sumio Mabuchi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at establishing an Open Skies air transportation relationship between the two countries.

The provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding will be incorporated into an agreement on Open Skies to be concluded between the Government of the United States and the Government of Japan through an exchange of diplomatic notes. The agreement will strengthen and expand our already strong trade and tourism links with Japan, benefiting U.S. and Japanese businesses and travelers by expanding air service and encouraging vigorous price competition by airlines, while safeguarding aviation safety and security.

For more information about Open Skies, please visit: http://www.state.gov/e/eb/tra/ata/.



PRN: 2010/1519