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Kishida cracks jokes and invokes 'Star Trek' as he and Biden toast U.S.-Japan alliance at state dinner

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Kishida spoke in English , cracked jokes and used Star Treck references! That sounds like a massive win. The Kishida legacy maybe set from the outside in. His foreign relations and performance abroad have been noteworthy and by some accounts outstanding. Pity he can’t carry that into the domestic stuff.

Sounds like a grand affair. Dinner with De Niro! Bravo.

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 and Japanese pop duo Yoasobi.

I wonder what the connections are, for a random J-pop group to get invited to a state dinner.

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he hoped the “unshakable relationship” between his country and the U.S. would "boldly go where no one had gone before.”

Grammarly would unsplit the infinitive and change this to “go where no one had gone before boldly.” I’m happy to see that Kishida’s text made it past the inflexible Victorian grammar police.

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Wonderful!

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Sounds like a really cool party. Wish I had been invited. lol

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how easy going he is. during Japanese PM and his family enjoy travel or gorgeous dinner, many people are still in tough situation such as poverty or ignored infection disease or disaster damages at Japan.

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genuine friendship, pledged to continue to knit together their countries' interests in the face of global challenges.

The above is nice to read coming from leaders of two democracies, especially in an era when authoritarianism is challenging democracies and anti-democracy forces within the USA are trying to weaken US democratic systems and undermine longstanding relationships with democratic nations that have been allies.

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Both unions have endorsed Biden for reelection.

I expect more unions to endorse Biden as working people see his Republican challenger once again boasting he will reduce taxes for billionaires, like he and his fellow 'conservative' corporatists did last time he was in the White House.

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Biden said the Senkakus are covered by Article 5 of the 1960 Japan-U.S. security treaty

truly unshakable relationship!! thank you Japan and America, now the commies dare not to move an inch in Senkakus!

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Good for Kishida! Good to see the Japan-USA partnership strengthened yet more.

Looks like it would have been a fantastic night and banquet. The food must have been amazing!

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Manzai comedians..

LOL

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two clowns,two empty suits....

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Japan so desperate to pander to an outgoing president. Sad!

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Today  12:35 pm JST “ Kishida spoke in English , cracked jokes and used Star Treck references! That sounds like a massive win. The Kishida legacy maybe set from the outside in. His foreign relations and performance abroad have been noteworthy and by some accounts outstanding. Pity he can’t carry that into the domestic stuff. 

Sounds like a grand affair. Dinner with De Niro! Bravo. “

Cringy af. But an elegant “message” to the bullies of the world: this alliance is here to stay. De Niro? An idiot, unfortunately; dinner with him sounds like torture. But Taxi Driver and The Deer Hunter are two masterpieces, two of my favorites.

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Shame they didn't invite Trump to the dinner as it would have saved a few airfares. There was an article about Kishida enlisting a former Abe-Trump interpreter from MOFA as an outreach strategy because he is trying to hedge his bets. Wonder what went on behind the scenes over the trip and whether an emissary was discretely dispatched down to Mar-a-Lago for consultations.

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"boldly go where no one had gone before.”

Like Japan with decent wages and a yen that isn't in the toilet under the LDP?

That would be nice, Kish.

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shogun36Today  02:45 pm JST

"boldly go where no one had gone before.”

Like Japan with decent wages and a yen that isn't in the toilet under the LDP?

That would be nice, Kish.

If you were older you would remember the 1980s. Or 1995 when it was 70 JYen to USD 1.00.

Things will come around again. They always do eventually.

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Things will come around again. They always do eventually.

good, I can't wait.

It's only been 34+ years and counting............

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The whole visit hasn’t been super cringe.

not in the least.

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Super Cringe is right.

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Grammarly would unsplit the infinitive and change this to “go where no one had gone before boldly.” I’m happy to see that Kishida’s text made it past the inflexible Victorian grammar police.

would go...that's not even an infinitive to begin with.

The whole visit hasn’t been super cringe.

The White House has not been trying too hard. Not in the least.

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Star Trek. lol. Next he is going to start singing Frank Sinatra I did it my way.

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Kishida will boldy dither where none have dithered before

Biden the octogenarian geriatric sets sail to never never land

All of us get to pay the bill.

The cost of stupendous lunacy

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 the “unshakable relationship” between his country and the U.S. 

Parasitic would be more accurate than 'unshakable'

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Kishida is correct because the relationship is a fantasy joke

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“Tonight,” Biden continued, “We pledge to keep going.”

Drinking pledges from Biden!

It looks as if the wine really flowed -they both look out of it-especially Kishida…

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Once Kishida walks into the sunset himself later this year, his future as a top stand-up star is assured, well certainly amongst his LDP buddies anyway.

As for Biden, he's like the walking dead, hovering at the pearly gates.

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