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Rahm dumps Chicago blues and baseball treasures on Japanese dignitaries


A diplomatic dispatch

Rahm has been busy.

As the new U.S. Ambassador to Japan, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered gifts – an essential part of Japanese culture.

Since taking office in Tokyo, Rahm has brought gifts from a who’s who of Japanese leaders to a who’s who of Chicago royalty.

• Play ball! To Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, an avid baseball fan, Rahm gave personalized Cubs and White Sox jerseys emblazoned with the number 100 – honoring Kishida’s position as the nation’s 100th prime minister.

(The kicker? Rahm even asked the Cubs to put Kishida’s name in the spotlight on the famous marquee at Wrigley Field!)

Emanuel had Kishida’s name inscribed in the marquee at Wrigley Field.

• Yum! To Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Kōichi Hagiuda, Rahm presented a cookbook autographed by star chef from Chicago, Rick Bayless.

• Wear them! Japanese national security adviser Akiba Takeo, whose daughter attends the University of Chicago, Rahm gave a Chicago Fire football jersey and a “University of Chicago Dad” shirt.

• Drink! To Japan’s Minister of State for Gender Equality, Seiko Noda, Rahm presented a bottle of Koval from the Chicago distillery.

• Strap ’em: Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, musician and avid Rock & Roll music lover, Rahm presented an autographed guitar strap and CD by Chicago Blues legend Buddy Guy.

Sneed hears Rahm’s boss, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, is also a huge music fan. Is a new guitar strap in Blinken’s future now that Hayashi bragged about Rahm’s gift to him?

Ah, international diplomacy… à la Chicago.

Emanuel presents Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi with a guitar strap autographed by Buddy Guy.