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Defense Secretary Esper to hold talks with PM Abe

Nikkei wrote that Prime Minister Abe will hold talks with Secretary of Defense Esper at the Kantei today, speculating that they will discuss the idea of forming a coalition of the willing to ensure commercial vessels’ safe passage in the Strait of Hormuz. The paper conjectured that the GOJ will decide whether or not to participate in the coalition after giving the matter careful consideration in light of Secretary Esper’s explanation. Asahi speculated that the Secretary will also seek Japan’s understanding for the coalition initiative in his talks with Defense Minister Iwaya today.

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