Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to take the opportunity to send my warmest wishes to the Emperor of Japan on the occasion of his birthday, and to congratulate the people of Japan on this national day of celebration.
"For over a half-century, the United States and Japan have enjoyed a strong, vibrant relationship. This past year saw our Alliance, as well as economic and people-to-people relations, grow stronger than ever.
"Prime Minister Abe’s historic visit to Washington, the release of the new Defense Guidelines, and our work together to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership have all served to showcase our mutual commitment to peace, stability, and prosperity for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
"We also worked together as partners on the world stage, from our coordinated efforts in fighting Ebola to our strong stand together against terrorism and violent extremism.
"On the 82nd birthday of the Emperor of Japan, I wish all Japanese people prosperity and happiness."