Kishida, Biden likely to discuss command operations of SDF, US military

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is expected to discuss with US President Joe Biden the command and control operations of Japan's Self-Defense Forces and US troops based in the country, in a bid to make their cooperation smoother.

Kishida will meet Biden on April 10, during an official visit to the United States.

Amid the increasingly tough security environment, Kishida wants to discuss with Biden steps to boost deterrence and response capabilities through the Japan-US alliance.

Japan is preparing to set up a permanent joint command overseeing the Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces by the end of March next year. Meanwhile, US government officials are considering giving the command of US forces based in Japan more authority.

Kishida said debate on reinforcing Japan-US cooperation from the viewpoint of command and control operations is important to improve interoperability and readiness.

The summit will also address bilateral economic security cooperation. Topics likely to be discussed include the research and development of semiconductor, artificial intelligence, quantum and other advanced technologies, as well as ways to bolster supply chains.

In addition, the leaders are ready to discuss how to work together in space projects, including the US-led Artemis lunar exploration program. The two countries plan to announce the outcome of the talks in a joint statement.