Ex-Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed US ambassador to Japan

13:30, 18 December 2021
Ex-Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed US ambassador to Japan Photo: Pixabay

The former White House Chief of Staff and Representative from 2003 to 2009 was approved to take the position by the Senate.

On Saturday morning the US Senate confirmed Rahm Emanuel to be appointed as the American ambassador to Japan under the Biden administration. A total of 48 senators supported his candidature while 21 voted against Emanuel's nomination.

“Rahm Emanuel has a lifetime of public service preparing him for this role. Japan is an important strategic partner in Asia, particularly in light of our continued challenges from China.  I have no doubt Rahm will be a strong voice for America in Japan," Senator Dick Durbin commented.

During the same reunion, the Senate announced that it had completed its work for the year.

62-year-old Emanuel has served as the assistant to the president for political affairs and as the Senior Advisor to the President for policy and strategy under Bill Clinton, a member of the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009, and occupied the White House Chief of Staff under Barack Obama in 2009 – 2010 before resigning to take part in the 2011 Chicago mayor election.

He won 55% of the votes and was successfully re-elected in 2015 despite a scandal concerning the 2014 police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and the administration’s widely criticized response. It resulted in an attempt to recall Emmanuel from the mayor’s position while some House progressives called on the voters to reject his nomination for the Ambassador to Japan.

Despite its status as an important US ally and trading partner in Asia, Japan has received only acting ambassadors since 2019.