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For Justin Sink's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
U.S. President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters at the White House in Washington on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 11, 2024
Biden’s gaffe-heavy week shows dilemma over 2024 media strategy
The president's aides ponder whether it’s better to confront or ignore concerns about his age and acuity.
U.S. President Joe Biden sought to cast responsibility for the failure to secure an agreement on the border — an issue which polls show is a major political liability for his re-election hopes — on congressional Republicans and Donald Trump.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 7, 2024
Biden pins border bill failure on Trump with Ukraine hanging
Biden acknowledged the Senate package was all but dead.
Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Gov. Ron Desantis of Florida, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and Sen. Tim Scott, take the stage for the third Republican presidential debate in Miami on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 9, 2023
Trump-bashing Republican rivals still don't break with him
The third GOP debate's focus seemed trained on former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who is rising in early polls.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hugs U.S. President Joe Biden upon his arrival at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Wednesday. Biden's visit to Israel represents a solidarity visit following Hamas attacks that have led to major Israeli reprisals.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 18, 2023
Biden in Israel says hospital blast appears done by ‘other team’
"I’m deeply saddened and outraged by the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday," Biden said.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the Human Rights Campaign national dinner in Washington on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Biden considers Israel visit, while warning against Gaza occupation
The U.S. leader also acknowledged concerns voiced by Palestinians in Gaza and Arab leaders across the region over Israel's moves.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during an event at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 8, 2023
Biden looks to woo back allies as Putin and Xi skip G20 summit
Biden’s effort also hinges on whether other participating powers see the G20 as a still-relevant gathering to steer the global economy.
U.S. President Joe Biden recent comments about China are some of his most direct criticisms yet about the U.S.’s top geopolitical and economic rival.
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 12, 2023
Biden fears Chinese economy is ‘ticking time bomb’
Biden's comments included several major inaccuracies about the world’s second-largest economy.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jul 13, 2023
With an eye on 2024, Biden touts successful NATO summit
The U.S. president on Wednesday lauded fellow NATO members for their support of Ukraine, which include fresh commitments for weapons to aid Kyiv in an ongoing offensive to retake territory.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 23, 2023
Biden and Modi announce defense and chips deals at White House
The two leaders also announced progress on an order for MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones and an agreement that will allow U.S. Navy ships to undertake major repairs at Indian shipyards.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 12, 2023
Biden’s debt ceiling meeting with McCarthy pushed to next week
The delay likely signals that staff-level talks on energy permitting reform and government spending have yielded progress.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 15, 2023
Biden’s missteps on secret papers create a self-inflicted crisis
Recent disclosures have embarrassed and undermined the president and his spokespeople, who argue that theyu2019re handling it by the book.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 12, 2023
Biden’s classified-document headache worsens with second batch
The revelation that records were found at a separate location from the first set are likely to prompt tough questions for the White House and fuel criticism from Republicans.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 11, 2023
Biden says he was surprised by classified documents discovery
Biden said he doesnu2019t know whatu2019s in the documents, but that he believed they were handled properly by his lawyers.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Dec 19, 2022
As he preps for 2024, Biden finally finds footing as president
After first-year stumbles, Biden found his footing with a string of legislative wins, his partyu2019s surprise midterm showing and a successful summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 15, 2022
Biden, Jokowi unveil $20 billion deal to end coal in Indonesia
Brokered between the U.S., Indonesia and Japan following over a year of talks, it is the largest single climate finance transaction ever.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 12, 2022
Biden vows to punish Saudis but struggles to calibrate response
The president would only say he was "in the processu201d of evaluating consequences for the kingdom.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 30, 2022
Kamala Harris under a microscope: Deft Asia diplomacy despite DMZ gaffe
Her trip amounted to a microcosm of the state of her vice presidency: an ambitious, historic and increasingly confident effort still beset by the occasional high-profile gaffe.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 27, 2022
Airlines would have to disclose fees under new U.S. proposal
Airlines will be made to disclose information such as charges levied on passengers for canceling a trip or parents seeking to sit next to their children on a flight.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 12, 2022
Biden plots a 2024 presidential run — and a Trump rematch
Bidenu2019s resolve to mount a second White House bid is hardening even with polls showing most Democrats would prefer a candidate other than the 79-year-old president.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jul 23, 2022
Biden says he’s feeling OK as doctor reports COVID-19 improvement
Biden said he feels well despite a cough and hoarse voice from COVID-19, as he held a videoconference with economic advisers that the White House let reporters briefly observe.

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