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Suga comments on U.S.-Japan summit

NHK reported online that during a press briefing this morning, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga commented on the U.S.-Japan summit. He was quoted as saying: “I was told that the two leaders were able to exchange very candid views on North Korea and economic matters. It was an extremely significant visit. The two leaders were able to further deepen their relationship of trust.” On the agreement to create a new framework to discuss trade and investment, Suga reportedly said: “The two leaders agreed to discuss concrete ways to realize the economic development of a free and open Indo-Pacific region based on fair rules. Japan will continue to urge the United States to rejoin the TPP under this framework.” On North Korea, Suga also reportedly said: “The two leaders agree that the abduction issue, which is the most important matter for Japan, must eventually be resolved. We will continue to work on it, while considering what would be the most effective way to resolve the issue in a comprehensive manner.”

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