Congratulatory Message from Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative
On May 16 (May 15, local time), Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida sent a congratulatory message to Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative as follows.
Dear Ambassador Robert Lighthizer,
I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations on your appointment as the U.S. Trade Representative.
It is truly gratifying that the Japan-U.S. economic relations, deepened through various dialogues, have overcome the era of “friction” and been developing into that of win-win cooperation.
Japan and the U.S., namely worldwide economic leaders, bear the mission to lead the economic growth of not merely both countries, but also the Asia-Pacific region and the world. As champions of free trade, it is indispensable for both countries to coordinate with each other based on free and fair trade and investment rules.
I very much look forward to working closely with you to address regional and world economic issues including the Japan-U.S. economic relations.
Please accept my best wishes for your success and new endeavor.
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan