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NSS chief Kitamura tells Secretary Esper Japan’s foreign policy remains unchanged

NHK reported at noon that National Security Secretariat Secretary General Kitamura met with Secretary of Defense Esper at the Pentagon on Wednesday and told him that the Suga Cabinet will maintain the foreign policy pursued by former Prime Minister Abe and continue to enhance Japan’s defense capability and deterrence while strengthening the U.S.-Japan relationship. Kitamura reportedly explained that the GOJ is currently considering alternatives to the canceled Aegis Ashore deployment plan and is drafting a new policy on missile defense. The network said Kitamura also held talks with Deputy Secretary of State Biegun on Wednesday, adding that he is also expected to meet with senior USG officials, including National Security Advisor O’Brien, at the White House during his stay in the U.S. through Sept. 26.

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