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Top U.S., Japanese diplomats affirm strong alliance under new Japanese leader 

Nikkei and Yomiuri wrote that Secretary of State Pompeo and Foreign Minister Motegi spoke by phone on Monday night and agreed to maintain the ironclad bilateral alliance even after Japan elects a new leader to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Abe. During the 30-minute session, the Secretary reportedly hailed Abe’s promotion of the free and open Indo-Pacific initiative. In reply, the Japanese official said: “U.S.-Japan relations have been strengthened considerably under the leadership of President Trump and Prime Minister Abe. We will continue to make utmost efforts to reinforce the alliance.”    

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