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Abe conveyed to President Trump Japan’s interest in procuring more U.S. weapons systems

Nikkei and NHK reported online on press remarks this morning by Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga. He disclosed that Prime Minister Abe, during his meeting with President Trump in New York on Wednesday, conveyed his administration’s desire to procure additional U.S. defense hardware. Abe was quoted by the government spokesman as telling the President: “It is important for Japan’s defense to continue introducing high-performance defense equipment, including equipment from the United States, in order to deal with the severe security environment” around Japan. The broadcaster separately took up remarks made by Defense Minister Onodera, who said: “As the procurement of state-of-the-art defense equipment is extremely important, we will continue to cooperate closely with the United States.”

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