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A Rahm Emanuel is Exactly What Japan Wants, Asia Scholars Say (Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

Former White House Chief of Staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits WSJ at Large with Gerry Baker at Fox Business Network studios on August 1, 2019 in New York City.

Former White House Chief of Staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits WSJ at Large with Gerry Baker at Fox Business Network studios on August 1, 2019 in New York City. GETTY IMAGES / STEVEN FERDMAN

Progressives hate him and Republicans love to hate on him, but Rahm Emanuel’s controversial nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Japan is receiving strong support from one key constituency far from the fringes of left-right politics: Asia security experts. Leading watchers of the region say Emanuel is poised to offer the Japanese what they most want in an ambassador: a personal connection to President Joe Biden.

A Rahm Emanuel is Exactly What Japan Wants, Asia Scholars Say – Defense One