From Rahmbo to Rahm-bassador: How an unlikely diplomat has wooed Japan

From Rahmbo To Rahm-Bassador: How An Unlikely Diplomat Has Wooed Japan - C27Wd3Dinccjlf4J6I5Zhze4Zy

Updated May 14, 2023 at 2:52 a.m. EDT|Published May 14, 2023 at 2:00 a.m. EDT

Rahm Emanuel has taken an unusually hands-on, visible and outspoken approach to his role as U.S. ambassador to Japan. (Taro Karibe)Comment on this storyComment

TOKYO — Tokyo’s Pride Parade is about to begin and Rahm Emanuel, the American ambassador to Japan who’s supposed to be kicking off the march, is buried somewhere inside the crowd.

LGBTQ rights activists are greeting him like a celebrity. Then he’s spotted talking with U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), a Japanese American and gay member of Congress who is in town for the event. But wasn’t he just over there, chatting with a Japanese lawmaker?

If there’s one word that describes Emanuel’s approach to his new diplomatic incarnation, it’s dynamic. And that dynamism will be on full display this weekend, when the Group of Seven summit takes place in Hiroshima and Emanuel will no doubt be everywhere.

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