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Tokyo protests Biden’s description of Japan as ‘xenophobic’

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US President Joe Biden speaks during the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House in Washington, US, May 3, 2024.

Washington (Jiji Press) – Tokyo has protested to Washington over US President Joe Biden’s recent comment that Japan is “xenophobic” like China and Russia, the Japanese embassy in the United States said.

The Japanese government expressed regret over the comment, saying it was not based on an accurate understanding of Japanese policy, embassy officials said, adding that Tokyo explained its position and policies to the United States.

Biden said Wednesday that Japan, China, Russia and India are “xenophobic” and don’t want immigrants as he explained that accepting immigrants is a reason for American economic growth.

The comment was criticized as containing inappropriate descriptions of an ally and partner of the United States.

The embassy did not say through which channel the protest was filed or how the U.S. government responded, including whether there was any apology.

At the protest, Tokyo told Washington that the issue will not affect bilateral ties, the embassy said.



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