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Japan Official Visit Arrival Ceremony

Japan Official Visit Arrival Ceremony


(music plays) Male Speaker:
Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United
States and Mrs. Michelle Obama. (applause and cheers) (music plays) (inaudible dialogue) Male Speaker: Ladies
and gentlemen, the national
anthem of Japan, followed by the national
anthem of the United States. (inaudible) Male Speaker: Stand. Present. Form. (music plays) (Japan National
Anthem Plays) (American National
Anthem Plays) Male Speaker: Order. Multiple: Order. Male Speaker: Form. Male Speaker: Mr.
Prime Minister. The Honor Guard (inaudible). (music plays) (inaudible) (music plays) (inaudible) Male Speaker: Forward.
Ready. Multiple: Ready. Male Speaker: (inaudible) Male Speaker: (inaudible) Male Speaker: Mr. President,
this concludes the honor. The President: Good morning. Ohayo gozaimasu! (applause) On behalf of the
American people, and Michelle and myself, it
is a great honor for me to welcome Prime Minister Abe
and Mrs. Abe of Japan — one of America’s closest
allies in the world. Across Japan over
the coming days, our Japanese friends are
marking special holidays — honoring their history,
celebrating their constitution, giving
gratitude for nature’s beauty, and expressing their
hopes for their children. Now, with this visit, it
is a truly Golden Week. For Michelle and myself,
this is an opportunity to return the
hospitality that Shinzo, Akie and the Japanese people
have shown us in the past. In Kyoto, Michelle had the
honor of playing taiko drums. In Tokyo, I played soccer
with ASIMO the robot. (laughter) This visit is a celebration
of the ties of friendship and family that
bind our peoples. I first felt it when I was
six years old when my mother took me to Japan. I felt it growing
up in Hawaii, like communities
across our country, home to so many proud
Japanese-Americans. Today is also a
chance for Americans, especially our young people,
to say thank you for all the things we love from Japan. Like karate and karaoke. (laughter) Manga and anime. And, of course, emojis. (laughter) This visit also has
historic significance. In 1960, President
Eisenhower welcomed Prime Minister
Abe’s grandfather, Prime Minister Kishi, here
to the White House. They signed the security
treaty that endures to this day, committing America and
Japan to “an indestructible partnership.” Today, we welcome Prime
Minister Abe as we broaden our alliance for our time. The United States has
renewed our leadership in the Asia Pacific. Prime Minister Abe is
leading Japan to a new role on the world stage. The foundation of both
efforts is a strong U.S.-Japan alliance. Ours is an alliance focused
on the future — the security of our
nations and the world; trade that is fair and free;
and the equal opportunity and human rights
of all people, around the world and in
our countries as well, including women and girls
because they deserve to truly shine. Prime Minister Abe,
Mrs. Abe, members of the Japanese
delegation, we are truly honored
to have you here, as great allies and
as true friends. Welcome to the
United States. Yokoso. (applause) Prime Minister Abe:
Good morning. (as interpreted.) Mr.
President, Mrs. Obama, Mr. Vice President,
Dr. Biden, ladies and gentlemen, I
thank President Obama’s warm welcome. Two years ago, when I
visited Washington, D.C., it was in February
during the cold season of the year. I am honored to be back in
this season when we can enjoy the beautiful
season South Lawn of the White House. And I’d like to express my
appreciation for the cordial welcome from our
American friends. This official visit to the
United States is a special one for me. Since I took office, the
top priority of my foreign policy has been to
revitalize the alliance between Japan and
the United States. And here at Washington,
D.C., I had a summit meeting with President Obama two
years ago, and since then, together with Mr. President,
we have been addressing issues such as the
Trans-Pacific Partnership and realignment of
U.S. forces. And now, our bilateral
relationship is more robust than ever. Our alliance is
back on track, and it is even stronger. This official visit is the
culmination of what we have been doing for the
past two years, and it is a great pleasure
for me to realize this visit. The development
of Japan-U.S. relationship is not
something we could achieve without the history of
long-standing bilateral cooperation over the years. There have been the
relationship of trusts between the leaders, the
relationship of cooperation between the two nations
and the governments, and friendship through
people-to-people exchange between the two people. All these have played an
important role as a key pillar for the relationship. The world is facing numerous
challenges more than ever. Japan will be at the
forefront with the United States in addressing
regional and global challenges while developing
our bilateral ties with the United States in a
consistent manner. And I very much look forward
to having a discussion with President Obama today
on those challenges. Mr. President, Mrs. Obama,
thank you again for the warm and cordial welcome as
well as your hospitality. Thank you so much. (applause) (inaudible) (music plays) (applause)

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