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Biden seeks five-year extension of New START arms treaty with Russia

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Moscow in March 2011. | REUTERS

The treaty, which is due to expire on Feb. 5, limits the United States and Russia to deploying no more than 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads ...

Biden orders masks, travel clampdown in new war on COVID-19

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders regarding his administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the White House in Washington on Thursday. | DOUG MILLS / THE NEW YORK TIMES

Signing 10 executive orders in the White House, Biden told the nation that the coronavirus death toll would likely rise from 400,000 to half a ...

Locked up in a Melbourne hotel for a year, then a sudden taste of freedom

By Livia Albeck-Ripka,Tariro Mzezewa
- via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

A woman walks across a usually busy bridge after lockdown restrictions were implemented in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus in Melbourne in July 2020. | REUTERS

For scores of other asylum-seekers who have been held in Australian hotels, stifling conditions have stretched on for months and months.

Diet in review: Suga defensive on virus response but insistent on Olympics

By Satoshi Sugiyama
- via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Question-and-answer sessions begin in the Lower House on Wednesday. | KYODO

Japan's prime minister took heat from one opposition lawmaker after another during three days of question-and-answer sessions.

Uncertainty reigns with beleaguered Olympics six months away

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

The postponed Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin in six months on July 23. | REUTERS

With the pandemic stretching into a second year and vaccine supplies uncertain, there is little fanfare surrounding the start of the half-year countdown to the ...

Biden and Trump deliver vastly different messages

By Kuni Miyake
- via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021


Joe Biden’s inauguration last week was the most heavily guarded in memory: Washington’s entire National Mall was fenced off; numerous military checkpoints were set up; ...

Biden prepares to take oath of office as Trump leaves Washington

via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

The Republican president hailed his administration's record for the last time, hours before President-elect Joe Biden assumes the helm of a country beset by deep ...

The Trump administration is over, but will its Asia policies continue to resonate?

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their historic U.S.-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. | AFP-JIJI

While many policies were erratic, bore little immediate fruit or appeared to severely damage partnerships, some of the fundamentals are expected to survive his departure.

Suga unlikely to be able to visit Biden in U.S. before spring

via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hold a rally in Tokyo on Wednesday ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. | REUTERS

Japan is most interested in the new administration's policies on China, which recovered from the pandemic quickly and has begun expanding its influence through "vaccine ...

Biden rolls back Trump policies on border wall, climate, health, Muslims

via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday. | REUTERS

U.S. President Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions shortly after being sworn on Wednesday, undoing policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, ...

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