Kishida Fumio
Kishida Fumio

FGS Global has signed on to provide strategic communications to the office of Japan’s prime minister in advance of Kishida Fumio’s visit to the US next month.

Kishida’s official visit to the US will include a summit with president Joe Biden and a state dinner slated for April 10.

He will address a joint session of Congress on April 11. Abe Shinzo was the last Japanese prime minister to address a joint session of Congress. That happened in 2015.

Kishida’s visit comes as opposition grows to Nippon Steel’s $14B plan to acquire US Steel.

Biden on March 14 voiced his opposition to the takeover, saying it’s vital that “an iconic American steel company” remain domestically owned and operated.

Nippon Steel on March 15 countered that the deal would bolster “American supply chains and economic defenses against China.”

FGS represents the Japanese politico via an understanding with Japan’s Dentsu advertising giant. A written contract is in the works.

FGS partners Richard Mintz and Joshua Gross handle the effort.

Prior to joining FGS, Mintz led the Harbour Group PA shop, headed Burson-Marsteller’s DC office, and served as PA director of the Dept. of Transportation during the Clinton Administration.

Gross did a nearly 12-year stint at Finsbury Glover Hering, a FGS predecessor firm, and served as director of media relations at the embassy of Afghanistan from 2006 to 2008.

FGS is part of WPP.