Tokyo pragmatic about US return to international order

Paddles used to play a New Year game in Japan bearing the images of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and US President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump. PHOTO: AFP
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TOKYO - A glaring omission was apparent in all the felicitations this week from Japanese leaders to newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden: There was no mention of trade.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga wrote on Twitter that the US and Japan are "tied firmly by bonds and shared universal values", citing their security alliance as well as the Free and Open Indo-Pacific vision.

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