Japan's new PM has first conversation with Biden

Japan's new prime minister, Kishida Fumio, has spoken with US President Joe Biden for the first time since taking office on Monday.

Their phone call took place on Tuesday morning, Japan time.

Kishida is likely to have told Biden that in order to achieve a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific," his government will continue to closely coordinate with the US government based on the bilateral alliance.

That was Kishida's first talk with a foreign leader.
The move reflects his intention of further strengthening Japan's alliance with the US.