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that, in my view, tells you everything about why they act the way they do. their deliberate decision to put tactical deliveries over reform. remember the referendum? not a happy memory for the democrats. you remember that av was in labor's manifesto. yet it was labor figures most staunch in defense of the status quo just to score points against us. [applause] lords reform. something that the labor party historically believed in. when they have a chance to vote for it, they found excuses not to just to score points against us. even when we hear good news about the economy, they are miserable. they rather it be bad just to score points against us. i have a message for labor today. you can't just to duck responsibility for the past and
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refused to spell out what you do in the future and expect people to give you a blank check. you can sit and wait for the british people to come back to you, but don't hold your breath. [applause] if there is one area all of the parties need to put politics aside, it is europe. britain's place in it. the conservatives have this bizarre view that we can turn our back on europe and still lead in the world. as if we will be taken seriously by the american, chinese, indian, all the big superpowers of the modern world when we are isolated and irrelevant in our own backyard. the truth is, we stand tall in washington, in beijing, in delhi, in brussels, paris, berlin. i know it.
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i have worked there. i have seen with my own eyes what can be achieved for britain by engaging with our neighbors and building the world's largest borderless single market a which millions of jobs in our country now depend. of course the european union needs reform. no one is saying it doesn't. we cannot allow the contorted confusion of the right, the outright isolationism to jeopardize millions of british jobs and diminish our country's standing in the world. liberal democrats, it falls to us to stand up for the national interest. we will be the party. [applause]
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i am an internationalist, pure and simple. first, by birth, then by marriage, but above all, by conviction. we may be an island nation but there is no such thing as an economic island in an age of globalization. britain is always at its strongest and proudest when we are open with the world, generous-spirited, warmhearted, working with our neighbors and a leader on the world stage. that is the message i will take to new york next week when i represent our country at the united nations general assembly. there are some in the world who seek to present us as pulling up, following parliament's
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decision not to consider the literary intervention in syria. they will hear from me that they are wrong. my views on syria are well known. i believe the use of chemical weapons a war crime, a war crime under international humanitarian law should be stopped wherever possible. i understand of course why some people are wary of another entanglement in the middle east. iraq casts a long shadow. we have the opportunity to work in the united nations with the russians, americans, french, and others to put these heinous weapons beyond the reach of assad's regime. what matters now is that we are clear that this nation is not heading into retreat. it would be a double tragedy if the legacy of iraq was that britain turned away from the world.
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other nations look to our values and our traditions for inspiration. democracy, peaceful protest, equality before the law -- that in itself confers a leadership role on us. not as some military superpower, not out of nostalgic impulse. because we believe in the virtues of law, peaceful dissent, and human rights. these are the values that my own family never took for granted. miriam and i try to teach our sons that they shouldn't take these values for granted either. after spain moved to democracy in the 1970's, miriam's father was the first democratically
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elected mayor and a small agricultural town in the middle of the spanish countryside. he single-handedly brought better schools, more jobs, better housing to his community. he was hugely proud at being the first mayor to serve his community through the ballot box. he sadly died. there is a small statue of him today outside the church in the village. our three little boys see that statue every holiday and miriam tells them of the wonderful things he did. they always ask, about why he was elected and nobody before him. we teach them that democracy and freedom, they are fragile, recent things in many parts of the world. we teach them just as my parents taught me, the rights and values that should never be taken for granted. if you believe in them, you should stand up for them. that, that is the united kingdom. i want my children, all children to grow up a united kingdom that
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defends and promotes its values, our liberal values at home and abroad. [applause] it is now a year to the day until the scottish people decide whether or not to leave the united kingdom. i am unambiguously, unequivocally in favor of scotland remaining in the united kingdom. [applause] the nationalists don't have monopoly of passion. i love the way the united kingdom is made up of different people, different traditions, different histories. i sat in rugby grounds shouting my head off for england while the scottish fans shouted back just as loud. it is a very special thing when
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good-natured rivalry can flourish side-by-side with a feeling of affinity and closeness that comes from being a family of nations. and on every single level, we are stronger together than we are a part. [applause] we live in uncertain times. in an uncertain world. these are not days to build walls. they are days to bring them down. [applause] the decision in that referendum in a yours on time does not need to be between breaking the bond and keeping the status quo. no does not mean a change. a scottish decision to remain within the united kingdom can
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and must give way to a new settlement for this nation. the liberal democrats have always thought for more hours to scotland and wales and northern ireland too. we have overseen the biggest transfer of financial freedoms in 300 years. we continue to believe in home rule. a super report setting out how we think home rule will work in the future. our vision is of a proud and strong scotland within the united kingdom in charge of its own fate but part of a family of nations too. this is a vision shared by many scots and increasingly, the other major political parties. that is why the issue of scotland's participation in the
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united kingdom is hopefully settled next year. i want to see a new cross party approach. [applause] willy has already signaled his willingness to work with leaders ahead of next years but. i supported. delivering home rule is a tantalizing prospect that is now closer than it has been for a generation. let's get out there to win the referendum in favor of keeping our nations together and then work with others to deliver the future scotland wants. [applause] i had the pleasure of meeting one of scotland's finest. it was at a reception in the downing street garden the day
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after his stunning wimbledon victory. david cameron and i were fluttering around trying to ask questions about the match. suddenly, andy merry interrupted and said, why can't you always be like this? quite a good question. it was met with a very awkward silence and the three of us chuckling our feet. he was right. it is true. we are never going to be mates but there is nothing against them personally. politically, yes. not personally. that is why the constant speculation about different party leaders getting on misses the point. i endlessly asked, do i feel more comfortable with david cameron or ed miliband? i don't look at ed and david and ask myself, who i would be most
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comfortable with as if i was buying a new sofa. [laughter] in an ideal world, i would be prime minister on my own. [applause] i would like to think i do a better job to. very good. give the man a job. the best thing would be to put all of those predictions to one side. whether we have another coalition is determined by the british people, not may, not you, the people.
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if that happens, only their votes can tell us what combination of parties carries the greatest legitimacy. our job is plain and simple, to get more elected. a liberal commitment to genuine pluralism, genuine democratic choice starts and finishes with the wishes of the public, not the preferences of the political classes. ed is one of the reasons why i have never shared the aim of our party should be to realign british politics by joining up with one or the other party. jenkins, someone i admired hugely believed that if we aligned with a modern party, we could heal divisions in the centerleft. for me, joining forces for good with another party simply reduces democratic choice. the liberal democrats are not just some sub sect of the labour or tory parties. we are no one's little brother.
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we have our own values and liberal beliefs. [applause] we are not trying to get back into government, to fold into one of the other parties. we want to be there to anchor them to the liberal center ground right in the center, bang in the middle. we are here to prop up the two- party system. we are here to bring it down. [applause] my own upbringing was privileged. home counties, private school, cambridge university. i had a lot of fantastic opportunities.
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i also had two parents who were determined that my brothers, my sister and i, that we knew always how lucky we were. on both sides, their families have experienced huge upheavals. my dutch mother spent much of her childhood in a prisoner of war camp. my dad's russian mother had come to england after her family lost everything in the russian revolution. our home was full of different languages, relatives with different backgrounds, people with different views, music and books from different places. my mother and father always told us that people's fortunes can turn quickly. good fortune should never be
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assumed. misfortune can occur suddenly without warning. i think maybe because of the things their parents had been through, while they wanted to give us everything, it was important that we didn't take things for granted. my brothers, sister and i were always taught to treat everyone the same, not to judge people by their background. we were raised to believe that everyone deserves a chance because everyone's fortunes can change. often through no fault of their own. now, as a father with three children in school, i have come to understand even more clearly than before, if we want to live in a society where everyone has that fair chance to live the life they want and to bounce back from the misfortune too, then education is the key. an ability to empathize with others, the joy and forging new friendships, these are instilled with an extraordinarily young age.
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that is why i made social mobility the social policy objective of this government and why i will want it to be the same in any government i am in. it is why so much of my efforts over the last three years and so much of the money available to us has been invested in those crucial formative years. the 15 hours of free preschool for all three and four-year- olds. now, two-year-olds from the homes who need it most. tax-free childcare. these are the measures i spend more time on than anything else in this coalition. if you want to know what i
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really believe, you both find it in those policies. using the muscle of the state to create a level playing field when it counts most, when boys and girls are still forming their views, their characters, their hopes and their fears, that is why i am so delighted to tell you we are now going to provide free school meals for all children. [applause] from next september, we give every child in reception and years one and two a healthy lunch every day. for the liberal democrats, this is a first step. my ambition is to provide free school meals for all primary schoolchildren, and other reason
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we want to get into government again next time around. [applause] the conservatives, on the other hand, have made it clear that their priority is to help some families over others with a tax break for married couples. the tax break for some funded through the taxes of everybody else. that tells you everything you need to know about their values. we, however, will help all families in these tough times. not just the kind we like best, by helping their young children get the best possible start in life. that tells you everything about our values. [applause] providing this kind of help,
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liberal democrats, is now the most important thing we can do. aside from anything else, that is how we restore people's faith in our policy, by delivering to them in ways that are relevant and real. by talking to people about the things they care about, not what the political classes are talking about. it is so easy to lose sight of those things when you're stuck in the westminster bubble. i want to be honest with you. keeping a balance between politics and normal life is not straightforward. politics these days is a roller coaster ride of 24-hour news, breathless headlines, endless polls, constant gossip about who is up and who is down. you have to be really disciplined about keeping one
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foot in the real world to keep things in balance. miriam and i chose not to live behind the government battlements and whitehall. we live in the same home we have been in for some years. we try very hard to keep our family life private. we keep our children away from the cameras. we don't pretend we are a model family. we are who we are. we try to make sure that westminster doesn't take over our lives. i know i won't be in politics forever. you all should be relieved. [laughter] just three or four more general elections to go. what i will be is a father, a husband, a son, and uncle to all those i love in my family for good. just like anybody else. the longer i spend in this job, the more and more i cherish the
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human, the direct, unstuffy way we liberal democrats do politics. speaking like human beings. we must never lose that. as much as i am always telling you to embrace government, i am forever looking for ways to get out of whitehall myself. trying to help my constituents out when they come to see me. going out on regional tours. doing things differently. that must always be part of our identity. i want us to stay in government but i also want us to show that it is possible to be a party of government without behaving like an establishment party. [applause]
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to illustrate the point, there was this wonderful moment on the day of the vote on the equal marriage bill. some of us put pink carnations in our buttonholes. carmichael and i were invited to go outside and meet campaigners. little did we know that what the setup was an impromptu wedding with cake and dancing and all outside the palace. alastair and i found ourselves standing side-by-side, not hand- in-hand. [laughter] in front of the exuberant london gay men's chorus. they were singing abba's "dancing queen" while dinosaur opponents of the bill were having another go at killing it. awkward though alastair and i must have appeared as we clapped
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along to abba, at that moment we were exactly where we belonged, on the outside, welcoming in reform. [applause] liberal democrats, three years ago i told you that we had an opportunity our criticisms would have given anything for, to govern, to turn our liberal principles into practice. today, i tell you that an even
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bigger opportunity awaits. the cycle of red, blue, blue, red has been interrupted. our place in this government has prevented the pendulum swinging back from left to right. we are now where we always should have been. in power. in the liberal center. in tune with the british people. everyday, we are showing that we can govern and govern well. that pluralism works. if we could do this again, we would be a step closer to breaking the two-party mold for good. [applause] in the past, there were people who would only support us when
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the future of the country was not at stake. now, there are people who will support us precisely because the future of the country will be at stake. in the past, liberal democrats would eke out an existence on the margins of british politics. now, we hold the liberal center while our opponents head left and right. i have spent my entire adult life watching the other two mess it up. we cannot stand idly by and let them do it all over again. [applause] we are the only party that can finish the job of economic recovery fairly. the only party able to build a stronger economy and a fairer society. liberal democrats, take that message, take it out to the country.
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our mission is anchoring britain to the center. our place is in government. thank you. [applause] ♪ [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013]
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♪ ♪ >> the british house of commons is in resets -- recess for the next two weeks.
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prime minister's questions returns wednesday, october 9. you can watch it on c-span 2 at or later in the week. the debate over federal spending was a topic on many of the sunday morning talk shows. senators ted cruz and claire mccaskill talked about the bill passed last week. theould continue to fund government. here is a little of what the senators had to say on the subject. >> the first order of business is going to be to ask harry reid if you will agree to allow amendments to be subject to 60 vote threshold, and that is typical of the senate. in all likelihood, he is going to say no, because he wants to
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use brute force exactly the same way he passed the bill three he will have what he always that bad. we can say we will not allow you to add the funding that oracle, care. >> sir, if i may, you say this power, a lyrical procedural gimmick. it is senate rule 22, which has been around for years. rules,art of the senate and after you take cloture, you can pass an amendment by a simple majority. that is the rule. >> chris, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. you are right, that is a role, but there is another rule that says it takes 60 votes to get
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closure. the 60 vote threshold. to runmajority is going the minority over with a train, and the minority has the ability to stop them, so if harry reid says, you know what, we are going to run the republicans over, i am going to ignore the will of the people, and i am going to do this with a 51 vote threshold, then for my mind, it should be an easy decision for senate republicans to stand divided. any vote for cloture, any vote to allow harry reid to add funding for obama hair with just -- for obamacare with just that amount, and i think senate republicans are going to stand side-by-side with speaker boehner, listening to the people and stopping this train wreck. >> it is not brewed political obamacare. fund it is called the american people
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and an election. i do not think in america we should throw tantrums and threaten to shut down the government and refused to play -- pay bills. they had the choice between somebody who said to repeal obamacare or obama. look at the senate. every single democratic senator who voted for obamacare was reelected, most of them by double digits, chris, and we did not lose seats in the senate, he picked them up, even in the house. the majority. >> so you do not want to monday morning quarterback. let me ask you. how does this play out? >> i cannot believe that they are going to throw a tantrum and throw the american people and our economic recovery under the bus. hurt really going to people, and this is just
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political point making. this is about running for a president with ted cruz. this is not about meaningful dates mentioned. this is not about doing what we were sent to washington to do, which is compromise and run the government. let sit at the table and try to make obamacare better. let sit at the table and look at the spending for our federal government. >> c-span student cam video competition is underway, and this year, we are doubling the number of winners and prize money. create a documentary on the most important issue you think consider inuld 2014, showing differing points of view, and for more information, you can visit student >> next, the confirmation hearing for the ambassador did japan nominee, caroline kennedy.
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this hearing is one hour, 20 minutes. >> good morning. this meeting of the senate foreign relations committee will come to order. today, we have a distinguished for somenominees critical positions in our foreign service. we will start off with the nominee for the ambassadorship to japan, caroline kennedy. normally, the chair will have an opening statement or the ranking member, but because we have two of our colleagues today, we will
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extend the courtesy of having them first making their presentation and comments to the committee, and then we will have our opening statements, and we look forward to having our two distinguished colleagues resent their constituent from the state of new york, and i appreciate my colleague and friend, congressman crowley, i see in the audience being here, as well. senator schumer. >> thank you, chairman, and i want to thank also senator corker, not only for introducing our great constituent for the great job you have been doing on the committee, and thank all of the members were being here. it is my great privilege to introduce an individual who is well-known to this committee, to most americans, and to so many people around the world. caroline bouvier kennedy is an american author, editor, and toorney, and i am proud present her as president barack obama's nominee to be the next ambassador to japan.
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welcome her to lovely family, whom i have had the privilege of knowing. her husband, edward sloshed berg, and two of her children are here, one of whom went to school with my daughter, and john and rose are in california, shriver, andm others joining me here today. father,o sure that her mother, and extended relatives are looking down on this hearing. i should also note that i am extremely impressed that caroline made it to this hearing today. chairman, just this past weekend, she and her daughter swam the hudson river to raise money for the leukemia and lymphoma society. swim fromree-mile nyack to sleepy hollow, mr. chairman. i am not sure either of us could have accomplished that. and amazing feat.
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but back to the introduction. caroline kennedy was educated in new york and massachusetts and thended the academy of sacred heart. she earned a bachelor of arts at harvard university, her jd from columbia law school, graduating in the top 10% of her class. from there, she embarked on a long and distinguished career, including politics and charitable work. it is a career that leaves me know -- he is well-qualified to take on this great task that awaits her if she is confirmed as the next united states ambassador to japan. caroline kennedy grew up in the public eye, and we as a nation grew up with her, sharing her joys as well as her heart breaks. family built a legacy of service both domestically and globally. she has dedicated her life to public service into the elevation of our public debate, something badly needed these
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days. she has authored books on the bill of rights, the right to privacy, poetry, and patriotism. she has served as a member of many, many boards of directors, the commission on presidential debates, the naacp education fund, and new york city's fund for public schools. she also serves as an advisor to the harvard institute of politics and is president of the kennedy library foundation, something all of us here have taken interest in because it is doing such a great job up there in massachusetts. in 2002, she turned her attention to new york public schools, and she accepted mayor bloomberg's offer to serve as director at the office of strategic partnerships. in that position, she succeeded in raising tens of millions of dollars in private funding to help modernize new york city public schools, and we have many new beautiful, up-to-date public
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schools teaching kids and giving them a pass because of her efforts. you see, mr. chairman, caroline kennedy represents the best of what our nation has to offer, and her dedication to public service continues in her desire to represent our nation in japan. k often forgotten in the history of united states-japanese relations are the roles her father and uncle played in stabilizing that relationship in a time of crisis. their efforts, enhanced by bilateral relations on a cultural and bilateral basis and helping to solidify close and enduring ties between our countries which have lasted to this very day, and half a century later, mr. chairman, i am fully confident that caroline kennedy will help nurture those ties built by her father and uncle and help strengthen them for another half-century to come. we all know that japan remains one of our important allies in
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the asia-pacific region, a critical partner as we continue our strategy in the region, and entering one of the most exciting periods in its history, because japan is launching a bold economic program, which includes a major focus on women in the workforce, what has come omics.called women kennedythe caroline will serve as a role model for japanese and american women, and in the fact that she would be the first woman to be ambassador -- to japan. her appointment would be a reaffirmation on the weointments -- importance waste at a time when prime minister abe says japan is back. to success has been a close relationship that the ambassador has with the president. resized mennedy has this sort of close relationship with president barack obama that
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will assure us-japan relations remain a focus at the very highest levels. i have known her for many years. we have worked on many things together. she is one of the most senior individuals i have ever met. her passion to do right and do good burns so strongly within her, and i am certain she will be able to take our dynamic relationship with japan to new heights, so i am proud to wholeheartedly support caroline kennedy's nomination to be the next ambassador to japan, and i hope my colleagues will unanimously support her as well. itnk you for the privilege, is truly a privilege, to make this introduction. >> thank you, senator schumer. >> thank you, senator schuman, and i am deeply honored to have the opportunity to introduce you today to ms. caroline kennedy, a favorite. her of new york, as ambassador designate to japan.
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the confidence president obama and vice president kerry have with one of our key allies in the asia-pacific region is well-earned. ms. kennedy has proven herself extraordinarily mollified for the position, and the nation will be stronger with her presence in japan as the united states rebalance his economic engagement and resources towards the asia-pacific region. in addition to her and attorney, as president of the john f. kennedy foundation, and chair at the institute of politics at harvard university, she has designated most of her life to service. her work has helped to inspire generations of students and others to make their voices heard and to serve and strengthen our country. visiting pleasure of the asia-pacific region earlier this month, including tokyo, where i was able to discuss with chinese officials -- japanese officials the relationship
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between the united states and japan. this is a cornerstone in our efforts to bolster security in the region and the rising number thehallenges, including north korean regime intent on expanding its nuclear program over the objections of the international community. ms. kennedy is undoubtedly the right person to advance and strengthen relationships with our japanese ally in the face of these challenges and will play a key role in the administrations asia-pacific region. finally, i am pleased to note that ms. kennedy would be the first woman ever to serve as u.s. ambassador to japan. touring my trip to japan, i had a chance to speak with a number of young women regarding the importance of women in leadership there. herugh her life, her work, intellect, and her character, ms. kennedy will identically serve as a shining example of japanese and american women,
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showing the power of women in public service and how far we can go when women lead the way. mr. chairman, i want to thank you again for the privilege of introducing this outstanding nominee. ms. kennedy, i wish you great success as you take this very important post. that you willre make us proud. thank you, both, for the tremendous statements on behalf of ms. kennedy, and we know that you have busy schedules, so whenever you need to, please do not hesitate to move on. to your next meetings, but you're welcome to stay as long as you wish. let me again welcome our nominee this morning, ms. caroline kennedy/berg, to be the ambassador to japan. let me welcome the family, as well, because we say those who this commitment, we
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appreciate them serving the nation in that respect. the opportunity to recognize the distinguished ambassador of japan to the united states, the ambassador who is here today. welcome, mr. ambassador. thank you for being here. we appreciate you taking the time to join us, and let me just say, senator rubio wanted for he record to be known that cannot attend today's hearing because of a death in his family. otherwise, he would be present for this hearing, so we send our condolences to him and his family. to all of us on both sides of the isle, no matter our politics, the kennedy name has been synonymous with public service for over a century. the family that has sacrificed so much in service to the nation. ms. kennedy, your uncle ted was a good friend to me here in the
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senate, probably one of the best friends i had when i came here, and a good friend to many of our colleagues. stronglity to express convictions but find a way to reach across the aisle was a compelling example of what good governance is all about, and, vicki, it is great to see you here today as you join in your nieces africa here. you represent a legacy of the best and brightest in politics in a time of our history when we ae intellectualism and respect for public service and government. you bring to this opportunity to serve the nation an extraordinary range of qualifications beyond the oversimplified perceptions of your family pedigree. your own experiences, your own abilities, your own perspective that, uniquely, i believe, qualified you for this position. as an author and editor, president of the john f. kennedy library foundation, chair of the theor advisory many for
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politics, with the kennedy center for the performing arts, a board member of new visions for public schools, honorary chair of the american ballet ofater, board of directors the naacp, as well as on the commission of presidential lifees, you have lived a that honors your family's commitment to the arts and education and the nation. i believe you will bring this commitment to serve in your new role as ambassador. if confirmed, as my colleagues have said, you will be the first woman to hold this position, a post that has been held by some of the most respected in our country. foley,nsfield, tom former vice president walter mondale. it is a post that has always been and remains one of the utmost importance to this nation and to the people of japan.
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your nomination underscores the regional importance of the relationship he between our two nations. japan this past august. i can tell you you will assume these new duties as the rise of the asia-pacific region may well be the single most transformative geopolitical shift of the 21st-century. you will arrive in tokyo at a time when friction between tokyo and at a timeigh when issues will become global, when they take on new economic global importance. 7752010, exports totaled billion dollars, up almost 26% 890 $509, and in 2011, billion, accounting for 60% of our exports, creating and sustaining millions of u.s. jobs in sectors across the board from automobiles to power generation
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machinery and aircraft and our industrial economy. havest three years, we gone from 775 billion dollars in exports to the region to almost $900 billion, and we can assume that number will be $1 trillion in the not-too-distant future. signing it is fair to say that much of the strategic and political future of the world will likely be shaped by the decisions made in washington and the capitals in this region over the next four to five years. this is a cornerstone of our strategic engagement in asia, which will put you in a strategic location in a partnership that link the world's first and third largest economies and our shared commitment to democracy and human rights. japan is a valuable trade and economic partner. its views on regulation, the environment, and intellectual property complement those of the united states, and your voice
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will be the american voice in tokyo. on the trans partnership, we look to address labor, the environment, currency manipulation, and intellectual property rights. tpp,ongress to support the we have to make sure our industries are competing with japanese industries on a level playing field, and as ambassador, you will be part of that effort. you will be at the table with our military presence on issues concerning open our, and you will be part of whatever differences arise between our nations. let me close by stating what your father said at a commencement address at syracuse university in the year you were born, not too long ago, describing the nexus between education and intellectualism and the importance of public service, reminding students that, quote, our nation's first politicians were truly the most respected, most talented leaders, who move from one field to another with amazing
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versatility and vitality. in that speech, he reminded a contemporary described thomas jefferson as a gentle man who could serve at an estate, lannett edifice, brick awards, dance the minuet, and play the violin. believe your father would have expected you to dance the minuet, but his point is well taken. your background, your versatility, your intellect, and your legacy of your family makes you exactly the kind of person we need to serve the interest of this nation as ambassador to japan. let me turn to my distinguished coworker, senator corker. >> certainly, the nominee, i enjoyed our time together a couple days ago, and thank you for your lifetime of public service in a different way, and i know you are doing something or getting ready to do something
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that is very different and will have its own challenges, but i very much appreciate your desire to serve in this way, and having your family here, as i mentioned in the back room, i doubt you're going to get much of a hard time today for lots of reasons, but having your kids here today i sure as that will not be the case, and i am glad they are there, and i certainly enjoyed a little bitvicki about her husband and our friend, and i certainly appreciate the wonderful legacy that you and your family have in public service. i want to also thank our ambassador to the united states from japan for being here, and i think it signifies the tremendous role that you're going to be playing in japan. japan is -- i was just there also. relish having people of great notoriety and public acclaim, and certainly in this case, they are getting that in a heavy dose, and i am glad you
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are willing to do this again. there are a lot of difficult issues in japan right now as we talked about, and that relationship is a cornerstone in the asia-pacific region, and i know you know that well. are their issues with north korea, and you as ambassador will be heavily involved in that, and we have the issue of strengthening our maritime abilities in that area, and i know that, again, that will be something that you will be focused on. willing that japan was to enter the tpp negotiations was a game changer, and i know our chairman alluded to some of the challenges you will be dealing with there to make sure we are able to compete on a fair basis, and i know when i was there, prime minister abe was aboutoncerned washington's ability to deliver on the relationships we have on
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some of the financial issues we have internally in our country, and i know you're going to have to be a champion for our national interest and assuring the japanese people that we are going to honor those commitments, and i know you are going to be willing to do that. we still have the thorny issue that you and i talked about in the office regarding the relocation of the troops that we have their and some of the issues that internally the people of japan have with us right now regarding that. i know you are going to do that well, and, mr. chairman, i know we have a second panel, and i am going to go ahead and make my comments relative to them very briefly to save time. an ambassadors ambassador, if you will, coming up, and patterson, and i want to thank her for her wonderful public service also. after thee looking areas of the middle east and north africa, and i do not know if we have a more qualified ambassador in our foreign
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service, and i know that she is going to have to develop a coherent, comprehensive strategy or how we deal with a lot of thorny issues, including and specifically syria and egypt. areink the american people going to need to fully know, the, you importance of syria to our country and what our national interests are there, and i know you will articulate that well. likeypt, while we may not what the military has done in every way, we have a very important relationship with them, and i know you will help lead us to a very good place their, keeping in mind that we have a lot of national interests, and i know that you will help us figure out a way to balance our security interest but also our interest in democracy and human rights. to greg, i appreciate your being here regarding the diplomatic peace. as you know, i was in libya
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right after the events of that time, and i know our diplomatic posts are very much at risk around the world, and i thank you for your commitment in that regard. i know that what happened in many ways andc in shows the best of our diplomatic security at the same time. there is a lot of money going into afghanistan and iraq, and that is not the case in many other places, and i know you will attack this job with great fervor, so i think all three of your honoring us in this way, and i certainly look forward to your service. >> thank you, senator corker, and i will have some comments. ms. kennedy, this is now time for you to make a statement. your full statement will be included in the record without objection. the floor is yours. chairman, ranking member
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corker, members of the committee, senator schumer thomas senator jim the brand, it is an honor to appear before you this morning as the president's nominee to serve as united states ambassador to japan. i appreciate the confidence that president obama and secretary kerry have shown in nominating you for this important position, and i am grateful for consideration of this distinguished committee. i appreciate the opportunity to be here today to answer your questions and hear firsthand your thoughts and concerns about our central relationship with japan. forward tod, i look working with the committee and with other members of congress to advance the interest of the , protect the safety of our citizens, and strengthen the bilateral relationship for the benefit of both our countries. i would also like to thank my family for their support throughout this process and their enthusiasm for this mission. my husband, ed, is here, along with my three children.
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my. are taught tiana and my son jack, and i am so pleased that my aunt vicki could be here. she's gary -- she carries every day the memory of my uncle teddy to our colleagues and our country with an inspiration to all of us. i am humbled to be following in the footsteps of some of congress's most distinguished members. senator mansfield, vice president mondale, speaker foley, and baker. if confirmed, i will try everyday to live up to the standard they set in representing the united states in advancing our relationship with japan. i am also grateful to the othersdor and also to for their generous advice and wisdom. acknowledge like to the ambassador from the embassy of japan who is himself a distinguished diplomat and who has been a steadfast friend to the united states. i can think of no greater honor
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to represent our country abroad. i have spent my life trying to make american history accessible to the widest audience and in particular to the younger generations. as president of the kennedy library, i am proud that my father became the first digital president when we made his papers available online around the world. as chair at the institute of politics, i have worked to educate and to expand opportunities for students. in my books on the bill of rights and the right to privacy, i sought to engage young audiences in the debate over our fundamental rights and give them the tools and understanding to advance and defend our liberties. for the past 10 years, i have been working with the new york city public schools on education reform efforts. in a school system where students speak more than 130 languages at home, i worked to increase individual literacy, cultural awareness, college access, art education, and
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international exchange programs. i saw the power of public- private partnerships to leverage involvement and results, and if confirmed, i will build on these experiences to strengthen ties between the young people of japan and the united states, and, finally, this appointment has a special significance as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of my father's presidency. i am conscience of my responsibility to uphold the ideals for a more just america and a more peaceful world. as a world war ii veteran who served in the pacific, he had hoped to be the first sitting president to make a state visit to japan. if confirmed as ambassador, i will be humbled to carry forward to legacy in a small way and work on the bonds that unite our two societies. i can think of no country that i would rather serve than japan. myirst visited in 1978 with
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uncle, ted kennedy, and i was deeply affected by our visit to hiroshima. our countries are bound by deep coach role, economic, and strategic ties, and our partnership as a global reach me at united states and japan share a commitment to freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. japan is the world's third largest economy and our fourth largest trading partner with a direct investment in the united states. japan is home to the seventh fleet, 50,000 u.s. troops, and over 100,000 u.s. citizens. japan remainsith the cornerstone of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region, as it has been for more than 50 years. if confirmed, i will work closely with the leadership with the u.s. military to further strengthen our bilateral security relationship. time, japan is an indispensable partner in promoting democracy and economic
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development in the region as well as in global humanitarian efforts and peacekeeping. care deeplyeas i about, and if confirmed, i will work to further strengthen this critical partnership at a vital moment in its history. this is, indeed, an important moment in the u.s. -- japan relations. japan is enjoying political renewal and economic stability. toconfirmed, i look forward working with american business to expand and promote american exports, trade, and support initiatives, such as the trans- pacific partnership. in addition, i will work to increase exchanges between students,nd japanese scholars, and citizens, so future generations will understand our shared history and continue to bind our nations closer. finally, if confirmed, i will meet my fundamental responsibility, to promote and protect the welfare of all
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citizens in japan. this includes providing a safe and secure environment for u.s. government employees and their families. i specially look forward to benefiting from the support of the talented foreign service professionals, both american and locally engaged staff, at our mission in japan. i would like to think this committee for your consideration of my nomination. if confirmed, i look forward to working closely with you to advance our national interests, protect our citizens, and deepen our ties with japan. thank you. >> thank you very much. we will start a round of questions. let me start off. let me start off with in my recent visit to japan, we have been following your closely in enomics,ed states, ab the efforts by prime minister economically revitalize
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japan's economy, and he talks about three areas, fiscal stimulus, monetary easing, and the market have reacted very positively to those two, and the last one is tough, structural reform. it is tough in the united states and tough in japan. in that regard, when i met with the american chamber of commerce in japan, one area of concern of the chamber of commerce there and of american businesses appears in terms of a narrow focus on tax reform in japan and how that affects american companies, versus a broader investment in tax incentives that u.s. companies seek, as well as a series of provisions that follow on from that. so how do we work, how do you visit -- envision your role working with our japanese
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counterparts to ensure that while structural reform is an internal issue, at the same time, it is an economic issue back here in the united states for u.s. companies to have the opportunity to make the investments that i think will need to the benefit of japan but also to american companies that would create opportunities and jobs here back at home. how do you see your role as ambassador in that respect? entryl, i think japan's in the transpacific partnership provides an opportunity for our countries to work more closely .conomically this agreement also provides an opportunity for bilateral talks between the u.s. and japan, a number of the nontariff issues and other issues, as well as a dispute settlement mechanism, should there be a long way, and i know that the team in tokyo is focused on the implementation of that agreement, should it go
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forward, and i as ambassador would take a deep and personal interest in working with american companies to make sure that the japanese market is open to them and working with the japanese government to make sure that the accord is fully implemented. >> i appreciate that. i think prime minister abe looks at the transpacific partnership also as an opportunity to achieve some of the structural reforms that will be called for which, ofof tpp, course, while that is being negotiated by our trade ambassador will also play a role, so i hope that you will work with our trade ambassador in your role as the ambassador to japan upon your confirmation to develop this wrongness tpp, which i think provides a pathway for the reforms that we just talked about.
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-- confirmation to develop the which i think provides a pathway for the reforms that we just talked about. national defense program guidelines by the end of the year. it may very well reinterpret the at theution to look right of collective self-defense with implications for the alliance. collective self-defense means you have a u.s. ship alongside a japanese ship, and, in fact, god forbid there was a strike against a u.s. ship, it might mean that the japanese ship would be in a position to also respond, as opposed to just watch. important to our relationship in as well as our efforts in changing our base status at oka now what, which has been both an opportunity for continued security but also a
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challenge. for theting a space governor of okinawa to find his way to ultimately issue a permit that is a linchpin of our efforts to refocus our position there. it is incredibly important. japanesee degree, the government will have to create the space, but i think there is a role for the american ambassador to help create a space with the governor. and you talk a little bit about how you see that? >> military and national security relationships, obviously, it has many complex issues embedded within it, but it is, as you say, the cornerstone of peace and stability in the region. i think there seems to be some hope for progress on the open now issues, and i know that senator mccain and others members who i have spoken to are thely concerned about progress moving forward soolving realignment plans,
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i have assured him that i will take a personal interest. , and ito meet further met with a general, and the military would be something i would spend a good deal of time on and work hard to see those issues through. say, i think the japanese are engaged in a process of debating their self-defense and collective self-defense, and i think that is obviously a debate they need to have within their own society, and i would watch it very carefully and work with people in washington and people in tokyo to make sure we understand and are supportive of that process in whatever way. >> a final question. senator corker. something we ask of all of our nominees, if confirmed, will you be responsive to requests from the committee about issues
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facing our bilateral relationship? >> of course, that would be one of my most import and, and if confirmed, i would hope that i get to spend even more time than i have already. >> all right, senator corker. >> the question we have asked of all ambassadors is the easiest question, and they all answer it the same way, anyway, thank you. we talked the other day at into a lottry to get of depth on policy issues when i know that you have been wafted out of new york into this position and are preparing heavily. it is really not the thing to do. it would be like, candidly, asking me that -- those questions on my first day of arrival in the united states senate, so i will not go down that path. i know you care deeply about
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public service, and i know that matters. i think you have a good sense of what our national interest are, and we will develop those more i think you will be a great ambassador to japan, and the kind of ambassador they are used to having in japan, and i am glad you're willing to serve in that your family is willing to let you do that. between now and then, what is happening to prep and get you ready for all of the complexities that you're going to be dealing with when you get there? have had the benefit of a lot of guidance from the state department already, and i am now engaged in meeting with other agencies, and i would love to come back and meet with all of you and members of congress , and i will do my best to get up to speed on all especially with
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the automotive industry. >> yes. thank you. i know, as a matter of fact, since you have jumped to the issue of the tpp, and i think it is a tremendous opportunity for us, and i think you do, too. what are some of the things, talking about tpp and some of the things we are going to be dealing with, can you raise -- do you know at present what some of the grubbs may be, what some of the toughest areas might be that we might have to overcome with regards to tpp and japan itself? i think they are hopeful, and everyone is impressed that japan has come to the table and willing to put everything on the table, so they seem rather optimistic about chances for success and the benefits it will bring to our economies. >> so has this raised any issues that you think might be some of the more difficult to overcome? >> those are being handled in
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this bilateral set of talks. they have a good session, i understand, and they are autosng about american moving into the japanese market and removing some of the restrictions, as well as some of the agricultural products that japan has long sought to protect, but i think that everyone is impressed by prime to ater abe's commitment comprehensive, high-quality of course. has there been much discussion about the east china sea territorial issues and what role you are going to be expected to play as ambassador in those issues with china flexing, if you will, in those areas? >> well, i think our policy on the islands in the east china sea is, obviously, we would like to see those issues resolved
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through peaceful dialogue between the nations in the region, but as far as the islands are concerned, the u.s. policy has been, as you know, long-standing, very clear, we do not take position on the ultimate sovereignty of the ottomans, but we do understand they are under japanese administrative control and are covered by article five of the treaty, so that is something i would be watching very carefully and working with many different ways to encourage the nations in the region to discuss and resolve those disputes in the region. know, we talked a little about the current ambassador, and he has been able, i guess, to develop an area that he is really focused on with the public-private partnership, and i know you alluded to that earlier. you know, the way the ambassador's role is in japan, it is really unique, and the
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ambassador has a very special role there, and the relationship between the u.s. ambassador and the people of japan or the country at large is very different than in many other places, and i know we talked a little bit about your going to have a tremendous opportunity -ot just to deal with the u.s. japanese relationship and the things in our national interest, but you're going to have an opportunity really to carve out can have are you real impact in japan, just like you have done in new york and other places, and i do not know if you have thought about that. i know you are just beginning to see those opportunities, and none of us really know until we arrive exactly how things are going to be, and, as a matter of fact, you do not even have to answer the question. i know you're going to figure out a way of doing that. i have a sense you will do that very, very quickly and will have
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an impact there, so without pushing you to respond to that now, i want to thank you for your willingness to serve, and i know you're going to address these issues in a serious way, and we look forward to working with you. >> thank you, senator. >> let me say that senator corker said the easiest question was the last one i asked. having had experience on these committees, sometimes our nominees when they are nominees are very forthright and very helpful in sharing information. once they become the ambassador, they are more difficult, so i like to have it on the record. i have the experience. >> i have the utmost respect for the position. the chairman of our asia- pacific subcommittee. >> mr. chairman, you're absolutely right. an easy question, but when you start your quest from members of
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the united states senate, we hope you're respect will continue. thank you very much for being willing to step forward and continue in public service. we thank your entire family, as and, vicki, itz, is great to see you. during my first term, i was fortunate enough to have a seat ofthe united states floor the senate next to senator ted kennedy, and it was a remarkable opportunity. as senator menendez said, your uncle, that is true. standing up for principle and moving the process forward, so we know that spirit is in your family, and we thank you very much for your willingness to move forward. mr. ambassador, it is great to see you. well,present japan very and we know that your presence here just underscores the importance of the relationship between japan and the united
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crowley,nd congressman i am glad we had a reason to get you over to the senate side. thank you for being here. we had a chance to talk, and a lot of the issues we have talked about have artie been brought out. i want to talk about one issue, then i mentioned with prime minister abe when i was in tokyo this year, and you mentioned -- recently,erican about child abduction cases, and we are very theyciative of that, and have taken action to pass the necessary laws. at least 400re are cases involving americans, but that will not come under the hague convention. resolved, i ame aware of three of those cases involving marylanders, and one , will you use
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your office the best that you can to help resolve these open cases? >> well, as a parent, i certainly understand the ,motional aspect of this issue as a parent, and i have met with the bureau of affairs already and indicated to them my concern , and i think it is a welcome sign that japan has joined the hague, and i hope that these cases that might not be covered can be handled in the spirit of the hague, and i think that everyone i talked to in japan and in the state department is really committed to making that happen and to working with the families to bring these issues forward and resolve these cases. >> thank you. thank you very much. on i want to follow up senator corker's and the
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maritime issues. it is true that there is tension in regards to the territorial claims to the islands. it is also true there are many other countries involved in maritime security issues that written the free transport of commerce and threaten major u.s. couldsts, and it can also cause serious security issues, and we have already seen some tension among other countries. will this be a priority of your mission, to further reduce the tension on the maritime issues typeat we can maintain the of policy that you said, peaceful resolutions, directly negotiating with the parties, reducing the tension in the region? >> yes, and also i know that, you know, we spoke about the
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helsinki commission as being a model for perhaps countries working together in the region and multilaterally and exploring the north pacific dialogue that way, and the procedures for any kind of resolution. committedmething i am to work through because it is in everyone's interests that those issues are resolved. and we talked about, and i really do appreciate your understanding and commitment, we have many allies in the region, but two of our closest allies are japan and the republic of korea, and yet the relationship republicapan and the of korea is not as strong as we would like to see it, and i think you can help improve the relationship between our two closest allies for the benefits of them and for the security issues.
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ms. kennedy, welcome, and i know you are looking forward to this, and i hope and have every confidence that you will bring the same warmth and good feeling to the people of japan that the japanese ambassador has brought to america. he has done an outstanding job, and i think you would do well to emulate that, and i know you will make every effort to do that. i want to talk about the east china sea for just a moment. thoughts ont your why this controversy continues to get worse instead of better. adoptedourse, have not the treaty here in the united states and, indeed, those of us have argued that we would be giving up certain sovereignty and not getting much for it, and proponents were telling us about what a great document this was and what a great protocol it was for resolving international disputes, but it to me the east
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china sea is a poster child for the lack of the ability of the treaty to resolve these kinds of things. can you give me your thoughts on that, please? issues in think those the east china sea are driven by the regional countries, but that being said, the united states has an interest and obligation to do everything we can to support and continue to support the peaceful resolution, to encourage dialogue between our allies and other countries in the region, and i know the senate resolution was helpful in that, but i think that is something we are going to have to continue to work on. >> i agree with everything you said, but would you agree with me that the treaty has done nothing to try to ameliorate the situation there in the east china sea? >> well, i would like to study that further before i -- >> that is fair. that is there.
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-- fair. been briefed on the laboratory, the leading ,aboratory for nuclear energy and, of course, with the tragedy theyoccurred at the shema, are doing things as they examine what happened there and how plants can be built more safely around the world. i would encourage you to take your knowledge in that regard to the japanese people, to the japanese government, and underscore for them that we want to be helpful in that regard and , andwe have the expertise we have a laboratory on nuclear energy in america and in the world, and we hope you take that message. >> thank you, and i would love to learn more about the laboratory work, and i have heard already that they have
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made their expertise available, so i would love to follow up. willing, andeady, able. anytime there is an incident, to respond, to assist, and to be helpful. seeing that these kinds of things do not happen in the future, so thank you very much, and thank you for your service. if you are able to fix that treaty, we would want to keep you here. more want to say we have members here that we normally have. thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i think her desire to not weigh in on the issue about the treaty shows what kind of good diplomat she will be. your nice to welcome
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family and your children and, of course, vicki, always nice to have you back in the senate. we have had the good fortune to work with you at the institute , as you chaired that board, and i can reassure anyone who has any doubt that once you set your mind to doing something well, you do it, and i have every confidence you will be a great ambassador to japan, and i very much appreciate you and your family's willingness to take on this challenge at this time when we are really looking at, as the president says, the refocus on the asia-pacific region, and i think the president's choice of view as the nominee for this post is an of his strong interest in maintaining the great relationship that the united states and japan have had for so many years, so i look you do in seeing what
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this role and having a chance to work with you in that capacity. by following up on the senator's point about fukushima and what has happened in japan, and really ask you a two part question. first of all, i think all of us atamerica looked with horror the tragedy that happened in japan with the tidal wave and the typhoon and then the tragedy of fukushima, and so i would ask you if you see a role for , as japansupport continues to rebuild in those regions that were damaged by the tidal waves, and also to ask if you would look at ways to facilitate the lessons learned from what happened at fukushima, as the senator said, that we have technology here that is
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important to share with japan, but i think there are also lessons there that are important to share with our nuclear industry here, and all of us that have nuclear plants in our state and in our regions, some of the lessons from fukushima are ones that we think are very important for the industry to look at and to see how to respond to. well, i think the united states military and the ambassador and the team at the embassy did a wonderful job after the tragic triple disasters in japan, and i know that i, if confirmed, will benefit from the goodwill that their efforts have generated, so i am aware of that and will do everything i can to build upon those efforts, and i think there are a lot of opportunities for us to continue to promote exchange programs and other kinds of efforts, and i would certainly want to learn about
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whatever help the united states could provide, as the senator said. i met with the department of that they have heard have technology, they have expertise, and they are eager to assist in any way that they can, and i think that across our government, there is a sense that that incident had international implications, and certainly, it matters, and we would all do well to learn everything we could from that to benefit the world going forward in the nuclear area. >> thank you. know, this past march, the u.s. renewed japan's exemption from sanctions as a result of its reduction of oil imports, and despite the energy shortfall following fukushima, japan has worked hard to reduce
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its a rainy and oil imports. expecte more that we can from japan on compliance with and whatanctions, should we look for from the country as we continue to see how sanctions can hopefully bring iran to the table to look at negotiating on what is happening in iran? back their efforts have been significant in reducing their dependence on iranian oil. they have indicated they will continue to make efforts to reduce their connections. , so are our partners hopefully all of those together will help ring pressure on the


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