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DM Inada to visit U.S.

  • September 15, 2016
  • , Mainichi
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Several papers wrote that Defense Minister Inada will depart for the U.S. today, noting that she will then travel to South Sudan before returning to Japan on Sept. 18. Pointing out that the defense minister has already traveled to Djibouti and toured many SDF bases across Japan since assuming her post in early August, Mainichi said she is anxious to overcome her lack of expertise in defense and foreign affairs by gaining field experience quickly. The paper added that Inada has “played it safe” as the nation’s defense chief by toning down her conservative rhetoric so as to cement her position as a potential successor to PM Abe.

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