Saturday’s Yomiuri carried on page 2 its one-on-one interview with Ambassador Emanuel conducted on Friday, under the headline “Fostering a relationship of trust between U.S. and Japanese leaders.” During the interview, the Ambassador underscored that President Biden and Prime Minister Kishida forged a relationship of trust during the presidential visit to Tokyo last month. Based on their strong partnership, the U.S.-Japan alliance has now entered a stage for further development, the Ambassador noted. He recalled that it was quite natural for the two leaders to call each other “Joe” and “Fumio” during the dinner they had following the summit meeting. “The relationship of trust between them will help the two countries overcome politically difficult problems,” the Ambassador was quoted as saying. He also disclosed that as President Biden was impressed by a tea that the prime minister’s wife Yuko served ahead of the supper, the President later sent to the Kishidas a bouquet of flowers, with an accompanying letter expressing his gratitude for the warm hospitality and an opportunity to experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Ambassador Emanuel also commented that China “took notice” of the Quad summit and the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework initiative. “China is isolated,” the Ambassador was quoted as saying. “It doesn’t like the fact that there are alliances and friendships” around it.