Japanese business leaders hope Biden is committed to containing the pandemic

Japan Times -- Nov 09
Business leaders in Japan on Sunday expressed their hope that Joe Biden will be committed to restoring the global economy and containing the coronavirus pandemic, as they congratulated him on his victory in the U.S. presidential election.

Hiroaki Nakanishi, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, said he hopes Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Biden will build a trust relationship to promote bilateral ties.

“We hope (Biden) will play a leading role in rebuilding the global order and economy and curbing the spread of new coronavirus infections through closer coordination with other countries,” the head of the nation’s most influential business lobby said in a release.

President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of international agreements and implemented protectionist trade measures. The U.S. has the most coronavirus cases in the world.

Kengo Sakurada, chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, said he believes the former vice president will push ahead with addressing challenges such as the pandemic, reviving the economy and frayed relations with China.

- Japan Times