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U.S., Japan making arrangements to hold “2+2” meeting in early January

NHK reported this morning that according to a government source, arrangements are underway for Foreign Minister Hayashi and Defense Minister Kishi to visit the U.S. in early January for a “2+2” meeting with Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin in Washington on Jan. 7. The network said the Japanese government is hoping to share concerns with the U.S. over China’s maritime advancement and reaffirm the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The network added that the U.S. and Japanese officials are expected to confirm that Japan will shoulder a greater share of the cost of stationing U.S. troops in Japan and further deepen bilateral security cooperation. They are also expected to exchange views on global challenges, such as COVID-19 and climate change.

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