TBS reported in a noon news program that William Hagerty was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Japan at a ceremony held in Washington on Thursday. The network quoted the new ambassador as saying that he is prepared to make contributions to what is already a wonderful relationship between the U.S. and Japan to make it even stronger. The broadcaster added that Hagerty will probably focus on strengthening U.S.-Japan cooperation in dealing with North Korea and economic issues.
NHK reported on the swearing in ceremony online. Vice President Pence stated at the ceremony: “Under President Trump, the United States is firmly committed to our treasured friend and ally, Japan. One of the clearest signs of the commitment is the President’s choice of Bill Hagerty as America’s Ambassador to Japan.” The Vice President added that the U.S.-Japan alliance remains the cornerstone of peace, prosperity, and freedom in the Asia-Pacific, the U.S. and Japan stand together to confront the threat posed by North Korea, and President Trump is committed to expanding bonds of commerce between the two nations.
NHK said that Hagerty expressed his readiness to serve as Ambassador to Japan by saying that it is a great honor for him and he is prepared to work vigorously to address the challenges lying ahead.
Asahi also posted a story about the new ambassador on its website, saying that some 60 guests, including his family, lawmakers from his home state of Tennessee, Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Sasae, and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Kawai, attended the swearing in ceremony. The paper wrote that the new ambassador will hold his first press conference after attending a welcome ceremony to be hosted by Ambassador Sasae at his official residence in Washington on Friday.