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Kishida lauds Indo-Pacific framework as sign of U.S. commitment

Japanese PM discusses chip partnership, 'new capitalism' and defense spending

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to Nikkei on May 20 about a broad range of issues, from relations with the U.S. to his vision for a "new capitalism." (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan views the U.S.'s planned Indo-Pacific Economic Framework as a signal of America's commitment and will work closely with Washington to "build a desirable economic order" for the region, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told Nikkei on Friday ahead of his summit with U.S. President Joe Biden.

Edited excerpts from the interview follow.

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