US President Joe Biden will welcome Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to the White House on January 13 for consultations on issues related to the economy and security, the Associated Press reported, citing the presidential administration.

The meeting is expected to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missile programs amid fears of another nuclear test by Pyongyang.

The two leaders will also discuss economic issues, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, climate change and stability in the Taiwan Strait region, said White House spokeswoman Karin Jean-Pierre, BTA reports.

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"President Biden will reaffirm his full support for Japan's recently announced national security strategy, for Japan's chairmanship of the G-7 group and for its mandate as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council Jean-Pierre stated.

"Leaders will look to the unprecedentedly strong US-Japan alliance and chart the course of their partnership in the coming year," she added.

The last time Biden and Kishida met was in Bali, Indonesia, during their participation in the G20 summit forum last November.

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