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Japanese PM to hold talks with Joe Biden in US visit on April 16

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will visit Washington for talks with President Joe Biden on April 16, the federal government stated on Friday. The journey had beforehand been introduced, however not the precise date. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato advised reporters that Suga would be the first international chief to meet Biden in individual since he took workplace in January.

“That by itself is proof that the United States places importance on Japan,” he stated. “It is also significant as we demonstrate the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance and the U.S. commitment to engage in the Indo-Pacific region.”

Japan is keen to develop shut relations with the brand new U.S. administration and hoped to schedule Suga’s visit earlier in April, and even sooner. Japanese media, together with the Nikkei enterprise newspaper, stated Suga’s journey was delayed due to a request from Washington.

“We have been arranging (Suga’s visit) in the earlier half of April, but the date is set on April 16, as we aim to take all possible measures to ensure the success of the prime minister’s U.S. visit and preparations for it,” Kato stated.

Tokyo hopes to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance, which it considers a cornerstone of its international and safety insurance policies, and to focus on methods to cooperate on how to deal with China, North Korea and advance a joint imaginative and prescient of a (asterisk) free and open Indo-Pacific” to promote a rules-based order in the area. Climate change and the combat towards the pandemic are additionally amongst key points.

“We will reconfirm coordination and cooperation between Japan and the United States,” Kato stated.

(*16*) of the pandemic, the scale of a Japanese delegation might be saved to a most of about 80 to 90 folks, and all members might be vaccinated forward of the journey. Suga obtained his first shot on March 16 and is predicted to have a second inside days.

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