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White House issues statement on inauguration of Suga cabinet

All national dailies wrote that the White House released a press secretary’s statement on Wednesday saying: “President Donald J. Trump is ready to continue pursuing the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific that he and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe forged, including by further strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance and advancing our shared goals. The relationship between the United States and Japan has never been stronger, and President Trump looks forward to working with Prime Minister Suga to make it even stronger.”


Mainichi speculated that the U.S. government anticipates that the GOJ will maintain its basic policy of making the U.S.-Japan alliance the foundation of its diplomacy under the Suga cabinet. The paper also wrote that although Suga is only known by a limited number of “Japan hands” in Washington, the U.S. government apparently welcomes him as a successor to former Prime Minister Abe.


Sankei also conjectured that the Trump administration is strongly hoping that the current good relationship between Washington and Tokyo will be maintained under the leadership of Prime Minister Suga because he will likely continue Abe’s approach of basing Japan’s foreign policy on the U.S.-Japan alliance. The paper noted that Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Stilwell commented on Tuesday on the election of Suga as the new LDP president by reportedly saying that it is “a very good choice for Japan” and that he looks forward to working with him. The paper also conjectured that Washington will keep a close eye on the extent to which Suga is ready to act in concert with Washington’s firm handling of China as it threatens the existing international order.

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