Japan-United States of America Relations
Visit to the White House by Mrs. KISHIDA Yuko, the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan
On April 17 11:40 a.m. ( local time, April 18 0:40 a.m., Japan time), Mrs. KISHIDA Yuko, the spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, visited the White House for approximately 2 hours at the invitation of Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the U.S., and held a meeting, lunch, and planted a cherry tree with First Lady Dr. Biden. The overview of the visit is as follows.
- Mrs. Kishida stated that it was a great honor to have the opportunity to offer a tea ceremony to President Biden preceding the informal dinner held upon his visit to Japan last May. Mrs. Kishida explained the idea of “Ichigo-Ichie”, which means to treasure each encounter, and expressed her delight in have tea together with First Lady Dr. Biden today. They shared the recognition that the current relationship between Japan and the U.S. are in a splendid state right now.
- Mrs. Kishida stated that the National Cherry Blossom Festival is the largest cultural event in Washington, D.C. which celebrates the arrival of spring and the friendship between Japan and the U.S., and that it is a great pleasure that this festival, which has a strong connection with Japan, is loved by many U.S. citizens. She also expressed her hope that exchanges between the two countries will further flourish through the festival. They concurred to work on further deepening the friendship and goodwill between Japan and the U.S., which have been fostered in various fields.
- At the end of the meeting, Mrs. Kishida expressed her hope that she and Prime Minister Kishida would welcome President Biden and First Lady Dr. Biden to the G7 Summit in Hiroshima in May.