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The Japanese Prime Minister pledges to give a gift of cherry trees to the U.S.

Fumio Kishida with Joe BIden (Via Christian Gates/Shutterstock)

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida received a warm welcome from U.S. lawmakers when he announced a generous gesture during his speech to Congress.

To celebrate 250 years of U.S. independence, Kishida revealed Japan’s plan to donate 250 cherry trees to Washington, D.C. This symbolic gift emphasizes the lasting friendship between the two nations.

The announcement was met with cheers and applause, with Kishida noting the importance of the cherry trees in the capital city.

These trees, to be planted in preparation for the anniversary in 2026, will enhance the beauty of Washington, D.C. and stand as a symbol of the strong bond between Japan and the United States.

Japan’s Kishida gifts new cherry trees in DC (Via Tom Baker/Getty Images)

Cherry blossoms have been a cherished sight in Washington, D.C. since Japan gifted cherry trees to the city in 1912 as a gesture of friendship.

Despite a history that included conflict leading to war between the two countries from 1941 to 1945, Japan and the United States have become steadfast allies, with their relationship growing stronger over time.

Kishida’s speech to Congress was a significant moment, marking him as only the second Japanese prime minister to address a joint meeting of the U.S. House and Senate.

This privilege is usually reserved for America’s closest allies, underscoring the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

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