On April 16, Japanese Prime Minister Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will visit Washington for talks with President Joe Biden on April 16. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters that Suga will be the first foreign leader to meet Biden in person since he took office in January.
“That by itself is proof that the United States places importance on Japan,” he said. ”It is also significant as we demonstrate the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance and the U.S. commitment to engage in the Indo-Pacific region.”
“We had been arranging (a visit by Suga) in the earlier half of April, but the date is set on April 16, as we aim to take all possible measures to ensure the success of the prime minister’s U.S. visit and preparations for it,” Kato said.