On 19 May 2020, Defence Ministers Taro Kono and Hon. Ron Mark held a video conference to discuss a range of issues and exchange views on their countries’ responses to COVID-19.

The Ministers last met in person in Thailand in 2019. Minister Mark emphasised that “staying in contact during this time is more important than ever”.

A full breakdown of what was discussed can be found on the Japan Ministry of Defense website (external link).