Yomiuri reported on Prime Minister Kishida’s meetings with the prime ministers of India and Australia at the Akasaka Palace held on Tuesday in the run-up to the state funeral for Abe, saying that combined with his talks with Vice President Harris on Monday, the meetings enabled the Japanese leader to demonstrate his commitment to carrying forward the deceased statesman’s policy of creating and cementing the unity of the Quad members in order to rein in China’s mounting presence. The Indian leader reportedly told Kishida that Abe created the Quad framework and was the first one to speak about the Indo-Pacific, while the Australian premier stressed that the Quad initiative would not have been launched without Abe’s leadership.
Sankei wrote that New Delhi and Canberra are strongly committed to promoting the free and open Indo-Pacific strategy through the Quad framework, noting that their prime ministers chose to visit Japan again even though they came to Tokyo only four months ago for the Quad summit in late May. The paper said the two partners are grateful to Abe for laying a foundation for enhancing coordination among democratic countries in the face of the growing threat posed by China. The daily added that Kishida is now faced with paramount diplomatic challenges, such as the prolonged Russian war in Ukraine and China’s relentless military harassment of Taiwan, asserting that it is important for the Japanese leader to maintain Quad unity and instill the principles of the free and open Indo-Pacific initiative to deal with the increasingly aggressive autocratic regimes.
In a related story, Yomiuri spotlighted a tweet that UK Prime Minister Truss posted yesterday on Abe’s state funeral. She wrote: “His warm friendship with the United Kingdom over many years leaves a lasting legacy in the close ties of friendship our people enjoy today.” The tweet was accompanied by a Japanese translation.