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Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan to visit Japan in early June

Nikkei wrote that the U.S. and Japanese governments are making arrangements for Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan to make his first trip to Japan since taking up his post in January. The paper conjectured that the acting secretary will confirm strengthened cooperation with Japan in new security dimensions such as outer space and cyberspace and in response to the DPRK. The paper speculated that the Pentagon official will probably visit South Korea and Japan after attending an Asian security dialogue to be held in Singapore from May 31 through June 2, adding that he will visit Tokyo around June 3 or 4 for talks with Defense Minister Iwaya and possibly with Prime Minister Abe. Yomiuri ran a similar report.

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