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Morikami Attends Joint Session of Congress with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Direct to us from Washington D.C. Morikami Trustee, Andrew Saidel, was honored to join Congressman Ted Deutch at the Joint Meeting of Congress to hear from Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. Mr. Saidel gives us a brief synopsis of what was addressed below.
His Excellency, Shinzo Abe, addressed a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress today, the first time in history for a Japanese Prime Minister. Abe made the most of the occasion, proclaiming the central importance of the US-Japan relationship for both nations and the world. Abe emphasized the deep and multi-faceted nature of our bilateral friendship throughout his hour-long address. The speech contained powerful imagery of history, reflection and hope. At one point the chamber erupted in one of many standing ovations when a U.S. veteran of the Battle of Iwo Jima rose to shake hands with the grandson of Japan’s commanding general from that same battle, also in attendance. Two nations once at war, now are the closest of friends.
Prime Minister Abe pledged his commitment to difficult economic reforms, to a strengthened bilateral alliance, and to tackling the globe’s most vexing challenges. He ended by stating his belief that, for Japan and the world, the most powerful message of the U.S., and of our bilateral friendship, is Hope.
The session was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, and by former Ambassadors Walter Mondale, Tom Schieffer and John Roos.
We are honored to have been invited to this historic address, and look forward to assisting in building this friendship between our two nations.