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Misawa is “important base,” says U.S. Ambassador Emanuel during visit

On July 22, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel visited the U.S. military’s Misawa Air Base (Misawa City) and encouraged the troops. Recognizing the changes in the security environment surrounding Japan, he said, “The U.S.-Japan Alliance is in the middle of equipment modernization. Misawa is ‘an important base both strategically and geographically.’”   This was Ambassador Emanuel’s first visit to….Read more


Showing up for a hurting friend: Dignitaries send condolences, mourn Shinzo Abe with Japan

By Mizuki Okada   Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on July 8, in Nara Prefecture while giving a campaign speech for a local candidate running in the Upper House election held two days later on July 10.   In the week since Mr Abe’s sudden death, foreign dignitaries have visited Japan one after another to offer their….Read more


Ambassador Emanuel expresses appreciation for continued friendship between Misawa and U.S. military

The Aomori-based paper Too Nippo reported today that U.S. Ambassador to Japan Emanuel visited Aomori on Thursday and met with Misawa Mayor Kohiyama on the same day. The paper noted that this was the first time for the Ambassador to visit Aomori since assuming his post. According to the daily, Ambassador Emanuel arrived at Misawa, which hosts the U.S. military’s….Read more


Three cities in Niigata to ask Ambassador Emanuel to visit abduction sites

Mainichi reported that the cities of Kashiwazaki, Sado, and Obama in Niigata, where Japanese abductees live, held a meeting on Wednesday and decided to call on U.S. Ambassador to Japan Emanuel to visit the abduction sites in the three cities and also in Niigata City. The paper said this year marks the 20th anniversary of the return to Japan of….Read more


Commercial diplomacy: Amb. Emanuel chases deals to glue U.S.-Japan

By KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asia diplomatic correspondent   TOKYO — At the end of May, four months after arriving in Tokyo, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel took a brief break to attend his younger brother’s wedding in Saint-Tropez, France.   Donning a pink tie that matched the celebratory mood, Emanuel mingled with guests in the resort town. The groom, Ari….Read more


U.S. Ambassador Emanuel rapidly gaining clout

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel (62) is rapidly gaining clout.


Ambassador Emanuel pays tribute to Abe at LDP headquarters   

Yomiuri, Sankei, Kyodo, and Jiji wrote that Ambassador Emanuel visited the LDP headquarters on Thursday to sign a condolence book for former Prime Minister Abe. The Ambassador was quoted as saying to the press afterward: “The prime minister was a leader who moved people with leadership, judgment, action, and compassion. We are all saddened by his death. Japan is not….Read more


Former PM Abe’s wake held at Zojoji Temple on Monday evening

All national papers reported that a wake was held for former Prime Minister Abe at Zojoji Temple in Tokyo on Monday evening, with Prime Minister Kishida, LDP Vice President Aso, and many other lawmakers attending. Asahi, Nikkei, Yomiuri, and Sankei wrote that U.S. Treasury Secretary Yellen, who is currently visiting Japan, also attended the ceremony. The paper said about 2,500….Read more


U.S. praying for Ex-PM Abe: Ambassador

Washington/Taipei, July 8 (Jiji Press)–U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said Friday that his country and its people are praying for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was shot on a campaign trail the same day.   “We are all saddened and shocked by the shooting” of Abe, Emanuel said in a Twitter post. He also said in the….Read more


U.S. envoy to Japan “saddened and shocked” by attack on ex-PM Abe

TOKYO — U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said Friday the United States is “saddened and shocked” by the shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.   “The U.S. Government and American people are praying for the well-being of Abe-san, his family, and people of Japan,” Emanuel tweeted, adding Abe has been an unwavering ally of the United States….Read more

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