After a tumultuous four years under Donald Trump, Joe Biden will be the next U.S. President, bringing with him a whole new set of foreign policy goals. But how will these affect Japan? And with so many domestic issues to fix at home, how much time will Biden have to devote to America’s allies?
Our guest is Sheila A. Smith, a senior fellow for Japan studies at the New York-based independent think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of books including “Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power” and “Japan’s New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance.”
Smith joined us from Washington earlier this week to give her take on what a Biden presidency might mean for Japan going forward, where the U.S. and Japan might find new areas for cooperation, and the growing pressure of an increasingly demanding China.
- After sending congratulatory note, Suga ponders his approach to Biden (Satoshi Sugiyama and Jesse Johnson, The Japan Times)
- Suga says he got Biden’s backing on Senkakus in first phone talks (Satoshi Sugiyama, The Japan Times)
- Blunt claim on Senkakus overshadows progress in China-Japan meeting (Satoshi Sugiyama, The Japan Times)
- Japan’s ‘misunderstanding’ about a Biden administration (Shin Kawashima, The Japan Times)
- Japan looks to past ties with Trump and Biden for glimpses of the future (Eric Johnston, The Japan Times)
- After unpredictable Trump, Biden may keep Japan in trade quagmire (Kyodo via The Japan Times)
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