November 10 According to news from the Japan Jiji News Agency on the 10th, the Japanese government is currently coordinating to facilitate Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s first visit to the United States to meet with Biden.
According to reports, the Japanese government’s move is aimed at “building a relationship of trust between Japan and the United States as soon as possible so that Yoshihide Suga can visit the United States before other countries.” The specific time for the visit is tentatively scheduled after the inauguration ceremony of the president on January 20, 2021, and coordination work is currently underway. On the 9th, Yoshihide Suga responded to the telephone meeting with Biden before his visit to the United States at the Japanese Prime Minister’s residence, saying that he “will adjust according to the timing” and showed his willingness to “strengthen the Japan-US alliance.”
After the new US president took office, the order in which he met with the heads of countries was regarded by the Japanese media as “a sign of the importance of the country.” Japanese media reported that nine days after the 2016 U.S. presidential election billing day, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hurriedly went to the United States to meet Trump, and the two also held their first formal talks three weeks after the presidential inauguration ceremony. Eight years ago, former U.S. President Barack Obama also first met with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso.
“The Japanese government has always regarded relations with the United States as the basis of its diplomatic and security policies.” Japanese media pointed out that because Aso and Abe visited the United States very early, the Japanese political circles are worried that if the time of their visit to the United States is delayed, the outside world will treat Yoshitake Sugawa. Wei’s negative evaluation of “not good at diplomacy” may expand. Relevant persons in the Japanese government therefore clearly stated that “the goal is to visit the White House for the first time.”
Prior to this, Yoshihide Suga visited Vietnam and Indonesia in October as his first visit after taking office as Prime Minister of Japan. The new prime minister of Japan chose the United States for his first visit, but this time he was forced to give up considering Coronavirus pandemic and the US election.