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Kishida's debut on world stage offers few clues about his foreign policy

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By Miya Tanaka

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Few clues? What about no clue?

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Smooth?

Made Japan's presence felt?

Is this a comedy sketch?

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Kishida's debut on world stage offers few clues about his foreign policy

He's probably as much at a loss as the rest of us.

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Clueless, yes. Turning up at a climate conference by jetting halfway round the world for a few hours. Really impressive. It also seems Japan didn't get the memo, as the entire article talks about guns, geopolitical jockeying and the like, when the conference is about the climate. CLI-MATE crisis. And yet it seems the Japanese delegation wanted to pop in for half a day to show leadership. Yeah, right. And talk about a completely unrelated subject. Nice one, Kishida! Start as you mean to go on.

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Kishida's debut on world stage offers few clues about his foreign policy

We welcome the World to the (Japan) club. Here in Japan, as Kishida flip-flopped on pretty much everything before even the GE, nobody got a clue as to how and when he will do what...D'oh.

*Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday made a smooth diplomatic debut at the U.N. climate talks in Britain, showing not only his commitment to issues of global importance but also networking with key countries that share concerns over China's assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific.*

Let's make this "showing his commitment to burn a lot of money under vague pretexts".

*Kishida appeared to be satisfied with the outcome of his first overseas trip as prime minister, telling reporters he made Japan's "presence" felt through a speech that conveyed his resolve to lead efforts to put Asia on a path to a zero-carbon emission future and to curb his country's contributions.*

Well, for years now was Japan pretty much the "invisible man in the room" (except when it comes to burning money), so a very low bar to stumble over, I guess.

*Ward said Japan's allies would likely be feeling relieved that Kishida is off to a good start, including his smooth diplomatic debut and the LDP having a strong performance in Sunday's election, as they closely watch for signs of whether he could end up being another short-term prime minister.*

Ahem...Don't hold your breath, guys.

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offers few clues about his foreign policy

That's because Abe hasn't told him what to do yet!

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Kishida is off to a good start, including his smooth diplomatic debut and the LDP having a strong performance in Sunday's election

Considering the fact that just over 55% of the voters have bothered to vote, I can't consider it a good star. What it means is that people have given up!

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He's probably going to be shunted to the back again, just like Suga.

With the predicted victory in the elections last weekend, seems like both Abe and Suga resigned all for nothing!

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I guess, not he but we will have to pay all of his ‘commitment’.

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Like I said on a previous article, "ill-prepared for all of them!"

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Robert Ward, a London-based expert on Japan at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, noted that it was apparently difficult to achieve "much of substance" in Kishida's diplomatic debut......

.....But he said Kishida showed "important symbolic political commitment" to the countries he had meetings with.

absolutely meaningless.... oh, but hang on, he's an expert on Japan.....

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24 hours is just the right time for the 2 jets to be refueled cleaned, resupplied and ready to go back to Japan for Kishida’s quarantine to begin-he won’t be taking the bus back from the airport

and sat in a roomful of foreigners where is Kishida’s mask?

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He'll just do what the bureaucrats in the 'Gameshow', sorry, 'Gaimushou' tell him to do.

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, could have simply fallen back on skype. face time after all.

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All this negativity, reminds me of how everyone including myself said Japan will never get COVID under control !! well it did and beat the rest of the world to the goal, so stop eating your tongue boys and girls because you just never know.

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How is Japan's foreign policy and security concerns relevant at an international climate conference?

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Yes OssanAmerica, there is a role, of sorts however the cost, and the relevance to international climate chance is obscure.

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How is Japan's foreign policy and security concerns relevant at an international climate conference?

Exactly!

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Japan should of course lead the world in environmental concern, just like it did in 1997 when hosting the Kyoto Protocol ........ and what became of that?

So a flying visit was perhaps the diplomatic version of extending two fingers to all the nations who agreed a quarter-century ago that we faced a climate emergency, and then returned to their fossil fuels and profligate consumption.

Why should anyone think they get the message this time?

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The other word leaders were probably confused when they met Kishida.

They asked each other:

Was that that same guy from the Olympics?

Must be, it was only about 3 months ago.

Abe right? No…..Aso. No.

Never mind, just bow and smile, it doesn’t matter.

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You don't show up like Xi of China. People complain ask questions.

You do show up like Kishida. People still complain.

Does it matter he just got the job???

Nope. Expectations is to fix all problems immediately at once.

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Kishida is gonna play it smooth.

Hope he bolsters domestic defense manufacturers.

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To satisfy the think tank geniuses and the press on the world stage, maybe he should have done a little tap dance or sung a Beyonce song or something?

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Man, when I arrive halfway across the world to meet my family I can barely hold my beer let alone make an impression.

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Nobody take Japanese leaders seriously, because they probably will not be around in 6 month

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Not ready for primetime Prime Minister

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I read the comments and I will admit I really don't understand all of the complaints about PM Kishida. The Olympics weren't a failure, compared to the U.S. the COVID plan has been gangbuster and Kishida seems to be doing better than Biden and I am a Democrat who supports Biden.

Maybe cut PM Kishida some slack and give him some time. Well that's just my 2 cents.

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Smooth?

Made Japan's presence felt?

Is this a comedy sketch?

Nah Thomas- just the LDP BS Propaganda machine at work again trying desperately hard to make Kishida into something special and competent of which he is neither

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