The online version of Tokyo Shimbun carried a Kyodo report from Washington saying that William Hagerty was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Japan at a ceremony in Washington on Thursday. Vice President Pence stressed at the ceremony that the U.S. and Japan will jointly stand firm and face the threat of North Korea. The report said that on Friday the new ambassador will attend a reception at the residence of Japanese Ambassador Sasae in Washington, where he will participate in a Japanese tea ceremony. The daily said he will later hold his first press conference since his nomination was approved by Congress. He will likely arrive in Japan in late August.