Headline RoundupMay 2nd, 2024

Biden Says Japan's Economic Struggles Are Due to Xenophobia

Summary from the AllSides News Team

President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Japan is struggling economically because of xenophobia and a reluctance to welcome immigrants. 

For Context: Biden reportedly made the comment while speaking at a campaign fundraiser in Washington, D.C. The comment made headlines due to Japan being a key U.S. ally in Asia.

Key Quote: Biden stated, “This election is about freedom, America and democracy. That’s why I badly need you. You know, one of the reasons why our economy is growing is because of you and many others. Why? Because we welcome immigrants.” Biden added, “The reason — look, think about it. Why is China stalling so badly economically? Why is Japan having trouble? Why is Russia? Why is India? Because they’re xenophobic. They don’t want immigrants. Immigrants are what makes us strong. Not a joke; that’s not hyperbole. Because we have an influx of workers who want to be here and want to contribute.”

How the Media Covered It: Coverage from the Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) called Biden’s comment “one of the harshest criticisms of the country by a U.S. president since the end of World War II,” and included multiple quotes critical of Biden. NBC News (Lean Left bias) also included critical quotes, but added that “many experts would agree with Biden’s statement” and stated that Japan has been “hampered by restrictive immigration laws that make it difficult to gain permanent residency.” The Hill (Center bias) included no quotes other than Biden’s original comment.

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