February 9 Several Japanese sources said on the 8th that Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Mogi was ready to postpone his original plan to visit the United States in the middle of this month.
Kyodo News Agency quoted sources as saying that Japan had previously proposed to the United States that Toshimitsu Shigeki visit the United States on the 11th, when he would meet with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
However, the U.S. government is now giving priority to the response to the coronavirus pandemic, and it is embarrassed to receive foreign dignitaries.
After the U.S. Senate approved Brolincoln as Secretary of State on January 26, Toshimi Mogi talked to him on the phone, and the two sides agreed to meet face-to-face in the United States as soon as possible.
Kyodo News Agency reported that for now, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga also faces difficulties in planning to visit the United States as soon as possible to meet face-to-face with US President Joseph Biden.
Foreign Ministry sources said: “If the situation of the pandemic situation in the United States changes, [the two sides] may talk directly.”