It feels as if the White House wanted to make it clear to the Japanese that they were re-assuring them that Japan is America's number one Asian ally.
TOKYO, JAPAN (NBC) - The President is just about done with the first leg of his week-long Asia trip, the first leg of course being Japan.
And it was important to the Japanese that the President make his first stop here in Tokyo.
And on that score, it feels as if the White House wanted to make it clear to the Japanese that they were re-assuring them that Japan is America's number one Asian ally.
The Japanese leadership feels as if they did get that message, that the message was received.
The President very strongly stood by the Japanese in their dispute over the Senkaku Islands there in the East China Sea with China.
That was very important to the Japanese. It's something that they wanted to hear.
But of course in that same conversation has been the dispute that's going on in Ukraine.
And on that front, that's where the President made some more news on his last day here in Japan when he said he's pretty pessimistic that President Putin was going to somehow abide by the Geneva agreement.
But he did seem to hold out a little bit of hope of giving Putin a little bit and seeing if he'll take the exit ramp.