TOKYO — In an exclusive interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun on Friday, US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel expressed his view that the partnership between Japan and the United States has entered a new phase of consideration “how to strengthen the alliance.” projecting to a larger area can be helpful for the Alliance” and for other countries in the Indo-Pacific region. The ambassador also stressed that the Japan-US summit between Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and US President Joe Biden in May fostered a bond of trust between the leaders.
This is the second time Emanuel has given an interview to The Yomiuri Shimbun, following one prior to his arrival in Japan.
At a dinner after the summit, the two heads of state called each other frankly by their first names, Joe and Fumio, Emanuel said. And he noted that the bond of trust between the two will be invaluable in solving politically difficult issues.
He also revealed that Biden was so impressed with the pre-dinner matcha served by Kishida’s wife, Yuko, that he later sent a message to Kishida and his wife with a bouquet of flowers, expressing his gratitude for the gracious hospitality and opportunity brought the rich to witness tradition of tea ceremony.
Emanuel pointed out that “Beijing took note” of the recent meeting of the Quad – a framework for cooperation between the four countries Japan, the United States, Australia and India – and the US-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which 14 member nations including Japan. “Beijing hates the fact that there are alliances and friendships because it is isolated,” he added.