NHK reported online this morning that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga, who is on a four-day visit to the U.S. since yesterday, met with Secretary Pompeo at the State Department for about 30 minutes at 6:30 a.m. today (Japan time). The two officials reportedly discussed North Korea’s projectile launches and confirmed a closely coordinated response. Suga also sought the U.S.’s support for an early solution to the abduction issue. The network also reported that prior to this meeting, Suga met with Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan at the Pentagon. They are reportedly believed to have confirmed the steady implementation of U.S. military realignment plans and efforts to reduce Okinawa’s base-hosting “burden,” including the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko.