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(Update) Suga-Biden Meeting Delayed by Week to April 16

(Update) Suga-Biden Meeting Delayed by Week to April 16

   Tokyo, April 2 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government said Friday that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden will meet in Washington on April 16, a week later than previously planned.
   The delay comes as the U.S. side needs more time for preparations for Biden's first face-to-face meeting with another country's top leader since taking office in January, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a press conference.
   For the summit, an opportunity for Tokyo and Washington to highlight their cooperation in dealing with China's economic and military expansions, Suga will visit the United States for four days from April 15.
   The new U.S. president "places great emphasis on Japan," Kato said.
   The meeting is also "very meaningful in terms of demonstrating the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance and displaying the U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific region," he went on to say.

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