Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has commented on his visit to the United States planned for next week. He said he wants to confirm that President Joe Biden is ready to work together to resolve the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea.
Suga made the remarks on a TV program on Sunday.
The prime minister said what North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cares about the most is the United States, so the first step in resolving the abduction issue is an alliance between Japan and the US.
Suga is also scheduled to attend a summit of world leaders on climate change hosted by Biden later this month. The prime minister said he hopes Japan and the US can lead the talks together.
Suga and Biden's summit will be held in Washington on April 16.