2023 has been a year of diplomatic accomplishments for Japan-U.S. relations. In the Biden-Kishida summit in January, the two leaders stated that the "security alliance has never been stronger" and that the two allies "strongly oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force or coercion, anywhere in the world." More recently, in the words of a U.S. official, the Japan-U.S.-ROK Trilateral Summit kicked off a "defining trilateral relationship for the 21st century."
2024, in turn, can be a year of domestic challenges for the leaders in the region, with important elections coming up: the Taiwan presidential election in January, the South Korean general elections in April, and a leadership race for Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party in September. Above all, the results of the U.S. Presidential election in November may well define the trajectory of relationships among allies and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific in the years to come.
We are fortunate to welcome Ambassador ARIMA Yutaka, Director General of the North American Affairs Bureau in the Foreign Ministry, to share with us the frontline view of how the outcome of the U.S. Presidential Election may impact the relationship. Join us in an early discussion of what will capture everyone's attention in the coming months.
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