NHK reported online on Tuesday that according to a GOJ source, Prime Minister Kishida received from President Biden on Monday a letter in which the U.S. leader expressed his gratitude for the Japanese government’s response to the crisis in Ukraine, including its decision to divert part of Japan’s LNG imports to Europe. The President reportedly said in the letter that he appreciates Prime Minister Kishida’s leadership in responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and that Japan’s strong response conveyed the message that the international community will stand united against Russia’s wanton and unjustified attack. The President reportedly added that he appreciates Kishida’s close cooperation, including his statement on ensuring the stability of the oil market, swift action to divert part of Japan’s LNG imports to Europe, and announcement of strict financial sanctions and export control measures. President Biden also reportedly said he looks forward to meeting with Prime Minister Kishida in Japan in a few months and working with him to continue to advance the critically important U.S.-Japan alliance. Yomiuri and Nikkei ran similar reports.