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Japan struggles to nail down Kishida visit to White House

New prime minister yearns early visit, but Biden focused on domestic issues

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, left, greets President Joe Biden at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow on Nov. 2. The two leaders have yet to hold a formal in-person meeting.   © Kyodo

TOKYO/NEW YORK -- The Japanese government is facing an uphill climb to secure Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's maiden visit to Washington, as U.S. President Joe Biden is increasingly consumed with domestic challenges.

While Tokyo is hoping for a visit in late December or early January, in line with the tradition of a new Japanese leader meeting the American leader within the first two months or so, it has not succeeded in nailing down a date.

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