Japan’s Suga Will Be First Foreign Leader to Visit Biden White House

Yoshihide Suga was elected Japan’s prime minister in September.



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President Biden will soon meet with Japanese Prime Minister

Yoshihide Suga,

receiving his first visit in office by a foreign leader, a Japanese government spokesman said.

Spokesman

Katsunobu Kato

said Mr. Suga would visit Washington in the first half of April, with the exact dates to be decided later.

The meeting comes as Mr. Biden looks to address foreign policy while tackling the Covid-19 pandemic at home, having signed a $1.9 trillion recovery bill on Thursday.

On Friday morning, Mr. Biden is expected to speak virtually with leaders of Japan, India and Australia. The group, known as the Quad, is a strategic alliance focused on addressing mutual concerns over China.

In his first prime-time address to the nation, President Biden called on states to expand Covid-19 vaccine access and make all adults in the U.S. eligible by May 1. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mr. Suga was elected Japan’s prime minister in September, succeeding

Shinzo Abe,

who resigned because of poor health.

China was a focus of the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign. Mr. Biden adopted a tough stance toward China, picking up on some policies of former President

Donald Trump,

who increased pressure on Beijing later in his term, particularly as the pandemic crippled the U.S. economy.

Later next week, Secretary of State

Antony Blinken

and national security adviser

Jake Sullivan

will meet with Chinese counterparts in Alaska, following a U.S. delegation trip to Japan and South Korea. The U.S. said it would discuss trade, technology issues and human rights.

Write to Alex Leary at alex.leary@wsj.com

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