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Japanese Prime Minister Affirms Alliance With US During Congress Address

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida gave a significant speech to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on Thursday, making him the second Japanese leader to do so. 

Kishida, speaking in English, expressed Japan’s strong support for the United States. 

He highlighted the significance of both nations standing united in the face of global challenges.

Kishida commended the United States for its contribution to shaping the international order and promoting freedom and democracy. 

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He emphasized the importance of the U.S. maintaining a crucial role in global affairs, particularly during a period of major geopolitical changes and threats.

Kishida’s address highlighted the increasing tensions with China, which he referred to as a significant strategic challenge for Japan and the global community. 

In addition, he discussed the concerns regarding Russia’s actions in Ukraine and stressed Japan’s dedication to maintaining peace and stability globally.

Kishida’s speech highlighted the strengthening alliance between the U.S. and Japan, which has recently experienced notable progress. 

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He emphasized the significance of the U.S.-Japan partnership in tackling common security concerns and fostering economic prosperity.

The Japanese leader also mentioned his personal connection to the United States, as he spent part of his childhood in Queens, New York. 

He recalled his schooling in the U.S. and his fondness for American pastimes such as watching baseball games and eating hot dogs.

Kishida’s address to Congress coincides with a period of increased uncertainty, especially regarding the future course of U.S. foreign policy. 

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Amidst concerns over leadership changes and shifting priorities, Kishida aimed to reaffirm Japan’s unwavering support for the U.S.

After delivering his speech, Kishida engaged in several diplomatic activities, including a trilateral summit with President Joe Biden and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. 

The leaders discussed mutual defense commitments and strategic cooperation in key areas such as technology and clean energy.

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The visit included discussions on strengthening military ties between the U.S. and Japan, with plans to improve the military command structure and explore joint weapons production. 

The initiatives highlight the strengthening of the defense partnership between the two countries.

Prominent members of the business and political worlds, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, former First Lady Hillary Clinton, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and former President Bill Clinton, joined Kishida for a state dinner hosted by the White House.

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