Protesters take to streets as Biden begins his Japan trip

Protesters take to streets as Biden begins his Japan trip

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On the same day that US President Joe Biden arrived in Japan, some 750 demonstrators took to the streets in opposition to the planned US-Japan summit and Quadrilateral Security Dialogue conference (the Quad).

Protesters take to streets as Biden begins his Japan trip
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On the same day that US President Joe Biden arrived in Japan, some 750 demonstrators took to the streets in opposition to the planned US-Japan summit and Quadrilateral Security Dialogue conference (the Quad).

During Biden’s three-day visit to Japan after his journey to South Korea, a number of talks are planned, including the Quad group conference comprising Japan, Australia, and India, during which the US is likely to push the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF).

However, Japanese public opinion appears to be unfavourable to the IPEF.

According to Japanese media, the IPEF lacks concrete content, such as tariff reduction, and hence cannot provide obvious economic advantages to participating countries.

Takakage Fujita, director-general of a civil group dedicated to upholding and developing the Murayama Statement, said in an interview with Xinhua that the United States cooked up the IPEF to use Japan and ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries for the benefit of its own.

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Fujita said that if the U.S. truly wants to pursue peace and development in Asia, it should follow a coordinated and friendly approach and come up with decent economic ideas.

On Sunday afternoon, around 750 people took to the streets of Tokyo to demonstrate against the upcoming U.S.-Japan summit and the summit of the Quad group.

Tokyo authorities beefed up security and traffic control, mobilizing around 18,000 police officers.

 

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