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Ambassador-nominee Weinstein approved by Senate Foreign Relations Committee

NHK reported online that Dr. Kenneth Weinstein, who has been nominated by President Trump as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. The network said Dr. Weinstein is expected to take up the post in Japan as Ambassador Hagerty’s successor after being approved by the full Senate. However, the network noted that his term might change significantly depending on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. According to NHK, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato told the press this morning: “Mr. Weinstein has led various efforts to promote mutual understanding and relations between the United States and Japan as the president of the Hudson Institute and has developed a vast network of contacts in both the public and private sectors. When he assumes his post, I expect that he will make significant contributions to the further development of the solid U.S.-Japan relationship.” Concerning Dr. Weinstein’s remark at the congressional hearing that he will ask Japan to make further security contributions with an eye on China’s military buildup, Kato reportedly said: “We’ve been drastically strengthening our security through proactive and voluntary efforts, such as the enactment of the security legislation and the review of the national defense program. We will continue to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance and work closely with the U.S. to realize a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’ and secure regional peace and prosperity.”

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