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US and Japan to bring back bottom-up diplomacy under Biden

Obama-era Japan hands like Campbell offer ready-made connections

From left: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, U.S. secretary of state nominee Antony Blinken and President-elect Joe Biden. (Blinken and Biden photos by Reuters)

TOKYO -- Working-level talks will replace outgoing President Donald Trump's top-down approach in U.S. diplomacy with Japan, with the shift likely helped along by many familiar faces from President-elect Joe Biden's days as vice president in the Obama administration.

Biden's new team, featuring experts on the Asia-Pacific region and Japan in particular, signals a change from Trump's focus on personal relationships to a more consensus-based approach to setting bilateral policy.

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