"The World and Japan" Database (Project Leader: TANAKA Akihiko)
Database of Japanese Politics and International Relations
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Press Conference by the Prime Minister on the Inauguration of U.S. President Biden

[Date] January 21, 2021
[Source] Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet
[Notes] Provisional Translation
[Full text]

First and foremost, I would like to extend my most heartfelt congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris on their inauguration. President Biden's inaugural speech appealing for unity among the U.S. citizens was very powerful. I would like to collaborate closely with President Biden and work together to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific and address global issues such as the novel coronavirus disease and climate change. I intend to reinforce the Japan-U.S. Alliance to become even more robust by making my relationship with President Biden a close one. With regard to telephone talks and other occasions, we are advancing our coordination now, aiming at an appropriate timing.