United States President Joe Biden is on his first overseas trip since taking office in January, but where does he stand on the world stage?
As world leaders gather in Cornwall, England this week, one issue will be at the forefront of their plans: Defeat the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled the world the past year and prevent it from happening again.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga mentioned Taiwan in Japan's legislature when discussing different countries' responses to their respective COVID-19 outbreaks on Wednesday.
"We cannot think it's rational to host the Olympics in the city this summer," Asahi Shimbun wrote in an editorial under the headline "We Demand PM Suga Decide Cancellation."
Japan's central government plans to extend the state of emergency until June 20 in nine prefectures including Tokyo and Osaka.
Olympic athletes are required to sign a health waiver that says they will assume the risk of potential COVID-19 exposure while participating in the games.
The ad urged people to demand the government end its criticized COVID-1 measures, saying: "We have been deceived. What was the past year for?"
Japanese Prime Minister Suga was the first foreign leader to visit the Biden White House. Their shared concern: the challenge of containing an increasingly restive Beijing.
Following his historic White House summit, Japan's prime minister sat down for an exclusive Newsweek interview, weighing in on China, COVID, economic recovery, the Olympics and his budding friendship with Joe Biden.
The Japanese leader dismissed speculation his government was considering delaying or canceling the games, with fewer than 100 days remaining before their scheduled start.
President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga discussed their concerns about "the impact of China's actions on peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world" during their first in-person meeting at the White House on Friday.
Speaking to reporters before meeting with Biden at the White House, Suga said the trip—the first diplomatic trip hosted by the Biden administration—is intended to "reaffirm the new and tight bond between" the two countries.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and President Joe Biden will reportedly list stability in the Taiwan Strait among the key areas of mutual concern when they meet in Washington next month.
There are currently no specific treatments for the virus, which has killed almost 2,000 people.
The rogue state has been working hard to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland.
Parliament will now have to vote on the proposal before the current sitting ends next month.