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FM Kishida, CCS Suga welcome Senate approval of Hagerty as ambassador to Japan

All networks reported that the U.S. Senate approved by a majority on Thursday the appointment of William Hagerty as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, saying that Hagerty is expected to arrive in Japan as early as August. NHK said he is expected to work on coordinating a visit to Japan by President Trump by the end of this year. 


NHK said Foreign Minister Kishida sent his congratulations, saying: “It is a great honor to welcome Mr. Hagerty, who has lived in Japan and has rich experience in both the private and public sectors, as the ambassador to Japan.” He also said: “The U.S. and Japan are strong allies that share universal values, and the bilateral alliance is the cornerstone of Japan’s diplomacy and security. The U.S. commitment to the region is essential for the stability of the Asia Pacific region. I hope that he will assume the post soon and look forward to further strengthening the U.S.-Japan ties together.” 


Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga also welcomed the approval, saying at a press briefing this morning: “Mr. Hagerty is well-versed in Japan affairs and is deeply trusted by President Trump. I would like to deeply welcome the Senate approval of him as the ambassador to Japan.” He also said: “I would like to solidify the U.S.-Japan alliance, which is the cornerstone of Japan’s foreign and security policy, and together with Mr. Hagerty further strengthen bilateral relations.”

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