U.S.-Japan ties must go beyond domestic politics

U.S.-Japan ties must go beyond domestic politics

Shortly after being inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021, President Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders, among them pledging to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. Earlier that week, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed to boost Japan’s economy through the realization of a green society and promotion of digital transformation.

In this time of crisis, both the United States and Japan have similar interests as well as many of the same challenges. Under America’s new leadership, mutual understanding and a return to political normalcy in the United States should further strengthen U.S.-Japan relations. The time has never been more critical.

The first 100 days

No president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has faced a more important 100 days in office. As a leader who has been in politics for almost half a century, Biden has put his reputation on the line. His focus is on working class Americans and the economy, as well as repairing America’s image abroad and trying to fix the “America First” rhetoric that led many allies, particularly in Europe, to distance themselves.