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Remarks: Joe Biden Welcomes Kishida Fumio of Japan for a State Visit - April 10, 2024

  • Joe Biden
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  • Kishida Fumio
    Person
  • Aide
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Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:31 (32 sec)
Mr. Prime Minister, Mrs. Kishida, welcome. Welcome, welcome, welcome. On behalf of Jill and me, the Vice President and the Second Gentleman, and all the American people, welcome to the White House. 1

Joe Biden

Positive
00:00:31-00:01:18 (47 sec)
Sixty-four years ago, our two nations signed a Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. President Eisenhower said his goal was to establish an indestructible partnership between our countries. Today, the world can see that goal has been achieved and that partnership between us is unbreakable. 2

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:18-00:01:54 (36 sec)
The alliance between Japan and the United States is a cornerstone of peace, security, prosperity in the -- in the Indo-Pacific and around the world. Ours is truly a global partnership. For that, Mr. Prime Minister Kishida, I thank you. 3

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:01:54-00:02:30 (36 sec)
The Prime Minister is a visionary and courageous leader. When Russia began its brutal invasion of Ukraine two years ago, he did not hesitate to condemn, sanction, and isolate Russia and provide billions in assistance to Ukraine. 4

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:02:30-00:03:03 (33 sec)
Under his leadership, Japan set in motion profound changes in its defense policies and its capabilities. Now -- now our two countries are building a stronger defense partnership and a stronger Indo-Pa- -- stronger Indo-Pacific than ever before. 5

Joe Biden

Positive
00:03:03-00:03:39 (36 sec)
As President of the G7 last year, the Prime Minister rallied Japan's partners to take action on nuclear disarmament, global poverty, economic resilience, and other critical issues that shape peace, security, and opportunity for billions of people around the world. 6

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:39-00:04:08 (28 sec)
And last year, the Prime Minister took one of the boldest steps yet when he and President Yoon of the Republic of Korea decided to heal old wounds and start a new chapter of friendship. Our historic summit that I hosted at Camp David marked the start of an entirely new era infused with hope, shared values, and focused relentlessly forward because these leaders know that the division that defined us in the past do not need to define us in the future. 7

Joe Biden

Positive
00:04:08-00:04:44 (37 sec)
That has also been the story of Japan and the United States. Just a few generations ago, our two nations were locked in a devastating conflict. It would have been easy to say we remain adversaries. Instead, we made a far better choice: We became the closest of friends. 8

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:44-00:04:57 (13 sec)
Today, our economic relationship is one of the strongest and deepest in the world. Our democracies are beacons of freedom, shining across the globe. And the ties of friendship, family connect the Japanese and American people as a source of joy, meaning -- and meaning for millions -- millions of our people. 9

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:57-00:05:31 (34 sec)
Japanese Americans have made historic contributions across American life for generations. That includes my mentor and one of my closest friends ever in the United States Senate, Senator Daniel Inouye -- a decorated war hero, a U.S. senator for nearly 50 years, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. 10

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:31-00:05:37 (6 sec)
Yesterday, Prime Minister laid a wreath at the National Japanese American Memorial in honor of Danny Inouye's 100th birthday, something I truly appreciate you having done. [Applause] 11

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:37-00:05:47 (10 sec)
Mr. Prime Minister, you and I have been entrusted with protecting and advancing the monumental alliance between our two great democracies. Together, we made it closer, stronger, and more effective than ever before in history. 12

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:47-00:05:51 (4 sec)
I thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, for your partnership, your leadership, and your personal friendship. 13

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:51-00:06:23 (31 sec)
Let me end with this. It's spring in Washington. The sun is shining. And every spring, cherry blossoms bloom across the city thanks to a gift from Japan of 3,000 cherry trees over a century ago. People travel all over our country and the world to see these magni- -- these magnificent blossoms. 14

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:06:23-00:06:51 (28 sec)
Last night, the Prime Minister and Mrs. Kishida, Jill and I, took a stroll down the driveway across the lawn here at the White House to visit three cherry blossom trees. One that Jill and Mrs. Kishida planted together a year ago. The other two are among the 250 new trees that Japan has given the United States to honor our 250th birthday two years from now. They'll be planted at the Tidal Basin, not far from the Martin Luther King Memorial. And like our friendship, these trees are timeless, inspiring, and thriving. 15

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:06:51-00:06:53 (2 sec)
May God bless the Japanese and American people. And may God protect our troops. 16

Joe Biden

Positive
00:06:53-00:07:03 (9 sec)
Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Kishida, welcome back to the White House. [Applause] The floor is yours. 17

Kishida Fumio

Somewhat Positive
00:07:03-00:07:03 ( sec)
[Via interpreter] Thank you. 18

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:07:03-00:07:05 (1 sec)
The trouble is, we've become good friends. [Laughs] 19

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:07:05-00:07:28 (23 sec)
Please. 20

Aide

Unknown
00:07:28-00:07:31 (3 sec)
Distinguished guests, the Prime Minister of Japan. [Applause] 21

Kishida Fumio

Very Positive
00:07:31-00:07:41 (10 sec)
[Via interpreter] Mr. President, Dr. Biden, distinguished guests. I thank President Biden for the warm words of welcome. I am very pleased to see that the cherry tree that my wife, Yuko, planted with Dr. Biden last year is growing beautifully. 22

Kishida Fumio

Very Positive
00:07:41-00:08:04 (23 sec)
[Via interpreter] The cherry trees along the Potomac River are a symbol of the friendship between Japan and the United States. These Japanese-born cherry trees have been sounding the arrival of spring to the city every year for over 110 years. Just as the local residents have cherished and protected these cherry trees, the Japan-U.S. relationship has been supported and nurtured by the many people who love each other's country. 23

Kishida Fumio

Very Positive
00:08:04-00:08:15 (11 sec)
[Via interpreter] The development of the Japan-U.S. relationship is the fruit of the historical cooperation between the two countries. Along with the trust between the leaders and cooperation between our governments, numerous people-to-people exchanges in ranging fields have shaped the friendship between our countries. 24

Kishida Fumio

Positive
00:08:15-00:08:46 (32 sec)
[Via interpreter] The cooperation between our countries, bound together by common values and commitments, has become a global one with the scope and depth covering outer space and the deep sea. 25

Kishida Fumio

Very Positive
00:08:46-00:09:04 (17 sec)
[Via interpreter] Today, the world faces more challenges and difficulties than ever before. As a global partner, Japan will join hands with our American friends and, together, we will lead the way in tackling the challenges of the Indo-Pacific region and the world while tirelessly developing the relationship between our countries with a view to the world 10 and even 100 years from now. 26

Kishida Fumio

Very Positive
00:09:04-00:09:16 (12 sec)
[Via interpreter] In Japan, it is said that the Somei Yoshino, which are the cherry trees planted in this area, have a lifespan of about 60 years. However, thanks to the efforts of the cherry tree guardians, the trees have shown their strong vitality, blooming beautifully for more than 100 years without waning. 27

Kishida Fumio

Positive
00:09:16-00:09:24 (9 sec)
[Via interpreter] When I heard that some of the trees would be replaced, as President Biden mentioned earlier, I decided to send 250 new cherry trees to commemorate the upcoming 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. [Applause] 28

Kishida Fumio

Very Positive
00:09:24-00:10:19 (55 sec)
[Via interpreter] The friendship between Japan and the United States will continue to grow and bloom around the world, thriving on friendship, respect, and trust of the people of both countries. I am confident that the cherry-blossom-like bond of the Japan-U.S. alliance will continue to grow even thicker and stronger here, in the Indo-Pacific, and in all corners of the world. 29

Kishida Fumio

Very Positive
00:10:19-00:10:25 (6 sec)
[Via interpreter] Mr. President, Dr. Biden, distinguished guests, thank you, once again, for your warm welcome, hospitality, and friendship. 30

Kishida Fumio

Somewhat Positive
00:10:25-00:10:29 (3 sec)
[In English] Thank you so much. [Applause] 31