[English translation of Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida’s message from the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan” website]
Dear Vice President-elect Pence,
I would like to offer my sincere congratulations on your election as the Vice President-elect of the United States of America.
Japan and the U.S, countries which had previously waged war against each other, have since become solid allies, bound in universal values such as freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. The Japan-U.S. alliance, the linchpin of Japan’s diplomacy, is more robust than ever before.
I look forward to working with you and President-elect Trump to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance, and address shared challenges the international community is facing.
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan