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U.S., Japan to hold defense ministerial meeting in Hawaii

All papers wrote that Defense Minister Onodera departed for Hawaii yesterday for a meeting with Secretary of Defense Mattis today, speculating that the two ministers are likely to agree on maintaining the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea ahead of the planned Singapore summit between the U.S. and North Korea in mid-June. The Japanese official reportedly told the press on Tuesday that he and Secretary Mattis will demonstrate firm coordination so as to prompt North Korea to change its policy. Onodera also disclosed that a trilateral defense ministerial meeting with the U.S. and South Korea will probably be convened in Singapore on the margins of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue early next month. According to Asahi, while in Hawaii the Japanese minister is expected to attend a change of command ceremony for the new PACOM commander. 

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