Japan-US summit to take place on April 16

The Japanese government has announced that Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide will hold a summit with US President Joe Biden in Washington on April 16.

Suga will be the first foreign leader to meet in-person with the new president.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu said this is a clear sign that the US places great importance on its alliance with Japan and the bilateral relationship. He also said it is highly significant in showing the world Washington is committed to the Indo-Pacific region.

Kato indicated that the two leaders are expected to reaffirm cooperation to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific and combat the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and address issues involving China and North Korea.
The Japanese and US government had been discussing the details of holding talks early this month. In preparation, Suga was vaccinated for COVID-19 last month.