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July 6, 2021

His Excellency Koji Tomita, Japanese Ambassador to the United States, spoke at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum on June 17, 2021, to mark the 50th anniversary of the far-reaching and impactful 1971 Reversion of Okinawa Agreement, which was negotiated, signed and implemented by the Nixon administration.

“President Nixon and Prime Minister Satō each saw what needed to be done for the future and the security of our relationship and they did it,” Ambassador Tomita said.

“The tremendous efforts made by those involved in the reversion of Okinawa have led to the strong Japan-U.S. alliance that exists today,” the Ambassador added. The Ambassador noted in his remarks that he someday hopes to write a book on President Nixon.

During his visit, the Ambassador planted a pink cherry blossom tree in the Library’s gardens, symbolizing the friendship between our two countries.

Former National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien opened the conference with remarks that set the tone for the day.

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