Donald Trump and Joe Biden: Japan’s leader has seen them both in action, and knows the big differences between their styles.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that Trump used his “individual personality” to advance issues, whereas his successor favors a more collaborative approach.

Biden “is a president who tries to build a consensus among allies and like-minded countries in order to advance policies,” Suga told NBC News in an exclusive interview earlier this week.

“It’s a different kind of political method,” he told Keir Simmons.

Noting that he is on a first-name basis with Biden, who calls him “Yoshi,” Suga said that he believed the president placed “great importance” on the relationship between the two nations.

“Freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law are all universal values shared by both Japan and the United States, and we have a big responsibility to spread these ideas to our allies, like-minded countries, and to the rest of the world,” he added.

In April, Suga became the first foreign leader to have a face-to face meeting with Biden at the White House. When he took power last September, he succeeded Shinzo Abe, who in 2016 also was the first foreign leader to meet with Trump and went on to forge close ties with the then-president.

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