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Kishida maiden visit to U.S. to be delayed to 2022

Japanese leader unable to secure a trip this year, owing to Biden's domestic schedule

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks in parliament on Dec. 16. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government looks to have failed in securing Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's first visit in office to Washington within the year and will now explore opportunities in January or beyond.

Most of Japan's new leaders have received invitations to the White House within weeks of assuming office, and Tokyo had hoped to squeeze in a visit after the extraordinary Diet session here ends on Dec. 21.

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