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President Biden to visit Japan in late May

Yomiuri wrote that according to several USG and GOJ sources, the governments of the United States and Japan are making arrangements for President Biden to visit Japan in late May when Japan is planning to host a Quad summit. The paper added that the President is also considering visiting South Korea, noting that the visit is aimed at highlighting trilateral cooperation between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea in dealing with China and North Korea. The daily explained that the GOJ has been asking the U.S. side to arrange a visit by the President sometime between March and June in view of the Upper House election in the summer and the Diet schedule, while the USG is aiming to have the President visit South Korea after a new leader is elected there. The two governments are now reportedly making arrangements for a visit to Japan by the President after May 9, when ROK President Moon’s term ends.

 

The paper also wrote that the GOJ is considering welcoming President Biden to Japan as the first state guest under the Kishida Cabinet. Former Presidents Obama and Trump visited Japan as state guests in 2014 and 2019. The daily said Prime Minister Kishida is expected to visit the United States after President Biden’s visit to Japan. The paper added, however, that since a general election will need to be held in Australia by June, the timing may change depending on the schedules of the leaders of Australia and India.

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