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Defense spending, energy likely to top agenda for Biden-Kishida summit

During TV Tokyo’s nightly “World Business Satellite” news program on Wednesday, the Nikkei’s chief editorial writer Harada forecast that in the summit meeting between President Biden and Prime Minister Kishida scheduled for late May, Japan’s defense posture will be one of main topics of discussion. He expressed the view that the U.S. leader will probably ask the prime minister to drastically increase Japan’s defense spending to deter China amid Putin’s war in Ukraine. The journalist conjectured that Kishida may respond by calling for the United States to export more energy to Japan so it can reduce its dependence on Russian products, adding that it remains uncertain whether such a request will be heeded given that Europe is also hoping to import more energy from the United States.

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