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Senate to hold hearing on nomination of U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Jiji Press reported from Washington that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Oct. 20 on President Biden’s nomination of former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as the next U.S. Ambassador to Japan. The wire service said that although some Republicans, including Senator Hagerty, the former U.S. envoy to Japan, have expressed support for his nomination, it is….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
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Japan awaits U.S. ambassador with direct access to Biden

The election of Joe Biden as the next U.S. president has in effect scrapped President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kenneth Weinstein as the next ambassador to Japan, leaving Tokyo to wait to see how the next administration will fill the long-vacant post.


U.S. Ambassador to Japan nominee to seek greater contribution from Japan

NHK reported this morning that Kenneth Weinstein, who has been nominated as the next U.S. Ambassador to Japan by President Trump, underwent his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday. The network said the U.S. Ambassador-nominee stated that he will urge Japan to shoulder more responsibility in order to respond to the serious security threat to Northeast Asia posed by China’s military….Read more

  • August 6, 2020
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The abnormal situation of no U.S. envoy to Japan

A U.S. envoy to Japan has yet to be appointed following the resignation of Ambassador William Hagerty in July this year. A diplomatic source voices concern, saying, “There may be no U.S. ambassador to Japan until the presidential election slated for next November.” It is unusual for the post to remain unfilled for longer than a year.   Japanese media….Read more

  • December 1, 2019
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U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty: Japan-U.S. alliance and trends in East Asia

At the national conference of the Jiji Press Research Institute of Japan held on July 2, U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty spoke on the topic of “The Japan-U.S. alliance and trends in East Asia.” He explained how the United States is continuing its history of valuing “liberty,” which is enshrined in its Declaration of Independence, through the initiatives it….Read more

  • September 1, 2019
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Talk between U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty and Japan Institute of International Affairs President Kenichiro Sasae

Reciprocity-based relationship needs to be built   Kenichiro Sasae: President Donald Trump always says, “I’ll make utmost efforts until the trade imbalance issue is resolved.” But it is very difficult to completely reduce the trade imbalance to zero. What is the President’s thinking in this regard?   Ambassador Hagerty: The President thinks that the U.S. is the most open market….Read more


Q&A session with U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty and Japan Institute of International Affairs President Kenichiro Sasae

Mutsumi Tatsubo (Jiji Press Foreign News Dept. chief): Japan has mapped out a measure to tighten control on exports of a semiconductor manufacturing material to South Korea, which has triggered a backlash from Seoul. How do you view the current Japan-South Korea relationship?   Kenichiro Sasae: It’s unclear to what degree the South Korean government and people understand the sense….Read more


Bobby Valentine emerges as candidate for next U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Bobby Valentine, former manager of Japan’s Chiba Lotte Marines, has re-emerged as a possible successor to William Hagerty, according to sources close to the Trump administration. Mr. Hagerty resigned as U.S. Ambassador to Japan to run in the U.S. Upper House election.   Valentine was a candidate for the ambassadorship to Japan in 2016 as well, but Mr. Hagerty was….Read more

  • August 1, 2019
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Japanese pop group invited to Embassy’s Independence Day Reception  

Fuji TV’s prime time “Chokugeki! Shinso Sakagami” entertainment program on Thursday featured Japanese pop group Da Pump’s appearance at the U.S. Embassy’s Independence Day Reception held at the Ambassador’s Residence in mid-July. The three-minute report said Da Pump was the main guest invited to the event by Ambassador Hagerty, who explained that one of his daughters was a big fan….Read more


Ambassador Hagerty departs Japan

Asahi, Sankei, and Nikkei reported that Ambassador Hagerty left Japan on Monday. The Ambassador reportedly told the press upon departure at Haneda Airport that he will “begin a new life.” Asked the reason for his resignation, he reportedly only said: “Our time has come.” The Ambassador also reportedly said: “The fact that the Japanese people hosted President Trump as the….Read more

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