Sankei carried an interview with former U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos on the 10th anniversary of the 3/11 triple disaster. In addition to the U.S. military’s “Operation Tomodachi,” which he said proved that the bilateral alliance is important from a humanitarian standpoint, the former ambassador spoke about his multiple visits to the devastated Tohoku area and exchanges with local people there. He expressed hope to visit the region again soon to remind the residents of the deep respect he has for their resilience. The former envoy stressed that as two principal democracies, the United States and Japan should continue to take the lead in addressing such global challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic, nuclear nonproliferation, and climate change.