AJC delegation visits Japan to strengthen close ties with American Jewry

TOKYO, May 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A delegation from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) has returned from Japan, where it met with senior government officials and diplomats to strengthen the strong ties between Japan and the United States, Israeland the American Jewish community.

The three-day trip included meetings with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu and Japan’s Foreign Minister. Hayashi Yoshimasa.

The delegation also met with US Ambassador Rahm EmmanuelAmbassador of Israel Gilad Cohen, and Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Korsunsky, and visited Tsuruga, the port city that hosted European refugees during World War II. Chiune Sugihara, the first Japanese diplomat to serve in Lithuaniawas credited with saving the lives of thousands of Jews by issuing transit visas to Japan.

AJC’s Asia-Pacific Institute (API) traveled to Japan since 1989 to defend Israel and world Jewry, as well as to strengthen the trans-Pacific alliance.

“These frequent visits are helping to strengthen ties with a key U.S. ally who has also become an increasingly close friend of Israel“said the CEO of AJC David Harriswho visited Tokyo since 1989 and has been honored by the Japanese government. “This historic partnership is one we greatly appreciate as it continues to bear fruit for a better understanding of Japanfor the community of democracies, for Israeland for Jews everywhere.”

Like Israel and Japan Celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations, AJC expressed its belief that the Japan-Israel bond can be further broadened and deepened in the future, with a number of overlapping political, security and economic interests.

At last year’s AJC Global Forum, the then Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide said“AJC has strengthened its relationship with Japan for over a quarter of a century. He added: “The links between Japan and the American Jewish community are an integral part of the strong alliance between the United States and Japan.”

AJC was the first non-Japanese-American organization to support reparations for the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, which led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1988, as well as to an official apology and reparations from the United States.

As confirmed by the Japanese government, the AJC has played a unique role in encouraging Japan end its adherence to the Arab boycott against Israel in the 1990s. A senior Japanese official at the time reportedly said, “Japan’s new policy of opposing the Arab boycott of Israel was the result of five years of patient diplomacy on the part of the American Jewish Committee.”

API, led by Shira Loewenberg, is the only such institute in the Jewish organizational world. He meets regularly with Japanese officials and oversees several ongoing exchange programs with Japan.

SOURCE American Jewish Committee

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