Monday’s Sankei wrote that U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who represented the United States at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, held talks with Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato at the Kantei on Sunday. The paper wrote that Kato expressed Japan’s appreciation for the United States’ support for Tokyo’s efforts to resolve the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals, including its participation in a UN symposium in June, and asked for Washington’s continued cooperation. According to the paper, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reportedly said the United States government will address the abduction issue as an important challenge. NHK and TV Asahi carried similar stories on Sunday. TV Asahi said the two officials also agreed to further strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance and work closely toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific.