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GOJ welcomes arrival of Ambassador Emanuel 

Yomiuri reported that the Japanese government is hopeful its cooperation with the United States will deepen further with the arrival of Ambassador Emanuel, who is close to President Biden. The paper said the GOJ is planning to arrange a meeting between Prime Minister Kishida and the Ambassador early next month after his quarantine period ends. According to the daily, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno welcomed the Ambassador’s arrival by telling the press on Monday: “This will be a good opportunity to take a step forward toward further strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance.” Noting that the Ambassador has earned the confidence of President Biden, the paper added that he has already demonstrated his prowess by coordinating a virtual summit between Prime Minister Kishida and President Biden on Jan. 21. The paper said the Ambassador will launch his official duties by presenting his credentials to the Emperor after quarantining for ten days. The daily said Prime Minister Kishida and Ambassador Emanuel are expected to discuss North Korea’s intention to resume nuclear tests and ICBM tests. The paper also noted that since the Ambassador is known for his astute political style, the Japanese side “may need to provide more explanations in areas where the U.S. and Japan have different viewpoints, such as trade,” according to a MOFA official.  

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