Japan-United States of America Relations

March 26, 2022
Prime Minister KISHIDA stands with U.S. Ambassador Emanuel in front of the national flag (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)
Photo of Courtesy call on Prime Minister KISHIDA by U.S. Ambassador Emanuel (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)

On March 26, during his visit to Hiroshima, commencing at 15:40 p.m., for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, received a courtesy call from the Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Ambassador of the United States to Japan, and had discussions over dinner, which was joined by their spouses. The overview is as follows.

  1. During the courtesy call, Prime Minister KISHIDA stressed the significance of today's visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the laying of wreaths to the Cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims, in light of the current situation in Ukraine, and expressed his intention to cooperate with the U.S. to realize a "world without nuclear weapons". In response, Ambassador Emanuel expressed his gratitude and stated that he would like to further deepen cooperation between Japan and the U.S. toward a "world without nuclear weapons”.
  2. Prime Minister Kishida and Ambassador Emanuel also exchanged views on international issues including the situation in Ukraine, and confirmed that Japan and the U.S. would continue to work closely together. In addition, they condemned the repeated launches of ICBM-class ballistic missiles by North Korea, especially the latest launch, and shared the view that North Korea's intensification of its nuclear and missile activities is a clear and serious challenge to the international community. They shared the intention to continue close coordination between Japan and the U.S. as well as among Japan, the U.S. and the Republic of Korea in dealing with North Korea, including the abductions issue.
  3. At the dinner, the two couples exchanged opinions on a wide range of topics, including their attachment to Hiroshima, sports and cultural exchange, while deepening their friendship in a relaxed atmosphere.

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