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U.S., Japan summit to be held virtually on Jan. 21 

All national dailies reported that the GOJ announced on Monday that Prime Minister Kishida and President Biden will hold an online summit meeting on Friday evening Japan time. This will be the first time for the two leaders to hold scheduled talks since the launch of the Kishida administration. Nikkei said they are expected to align their views in preparation for a possible contingency over the Taiwan Strait. Yomiuri said the two leaders are expected to exchange views on promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific and responding to North Korea’s repeated missile launches. Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno told reporters on Monday: “We expect that the summit will be an opportunity to further enhance the U.S.-Japan alliance.” Matsuno reportedly disclosed that the two leaders will also confirm cooperation toward realizing a world without nuclear weapons. According to Nikkei, the two governments are making arrangements to release a joint statement after the summit. The papers also reported on a similar announcement made by White House Press Secretary Psaki. 

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