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Japan is less secure - despite improved US ties

As Suga prepares to meet Biden next week, the China question looms large

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (right) accompanying Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi to attend a courtesy call by Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State and Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of Defense at the prime minister's official resi
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (right) accompanying Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi to attend a courtesy call by Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State and Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of Defense at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on March 16, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

The Japanese are rightly pleased that their Prime Minister, Mr Yoshihide Suga, will be the first foreign leader to meet United States President Joe Biden in person on April 16.

Japan was also the first foreign country visited by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin. This respectful treatment from the US, however, only partially offsets a generally deteriorating security situation for Japan.

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