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U.S.-Japan 2+2 to be held virtually

Saturday’s Sankei and Yomiuri reported that a U.S.-Japan foreign and defense ministerial meeting scheduled for Jan. 7 in Washington will be convened remotely in response to a request from the Biden administration on account of the rapid spread of the Omicron strain of COVID-19 in the U.S. As a result, Foreign Minister Hayashi is likely to forego a separate plan to attend the NPT Review conference scheduled to start in New York on Jan. 4, according to Sankei. The daily said that since the meeting will not be held in person, the two governments will need to alter the format so that the relevant cabinet members and the ambassadors of each nation can sign the new bilateral agreement on Japan’s five-year host nation support for the U.S. military in their respective capitals.

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