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Defense Secretary Mattis to visit Japan in early February

  • January 25, 2017
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Fuji TV reported at noon that Secretary of Defense Mattis will visit South Korea and Japan next week, saying that after visiting South Korea on Feb. 2, he will visit Japan on Feb. 3 and 4. The network said the new defense chief is expected to meet with Prime Minister Abe and Defense Minister Inada. Noting that President Trump has been insisting that Japan pay more to host U.S. troops, the network said the Japanese side is expected to explain to Secretary Mattis that it already pays 760 billion yen annually for the stationing of the USFJ. The network also said that following North Korea’s announcement that it could launch an ICBM at any time, Secretary Mattis is expected to confirm trilateral cooperation among the U.S., Japan, and South Korea, and discuss THAAD with South Korea.  


TV Asahi reported that Secretary Mattis is making final arrangements to visit Japan as early as Feb. 2 and meet with his Japanese counterpart Inada. The network said the two defense chiefs are expected to discuss the Futenma issue and measures to further strengthen the bilateral alliance. The network added that attention will be focused on what Secretary Mattis will say about the issue of President Trump asking Japan to pay more to host U.S. troops. All other networks also reported on the defense chief’s visit to Japan early next month.

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