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Kishida eyes trip to Southeast Asia, Europe during Golden Week  

Mainichi wrote that it learned from multiple GOJ sources on Tuesday that Prime Minister Kishida is making arrangements to visit Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam during the Golden Week holidays starting in late April to urge those nations to act in concert with Japan in responding to Russia and discuss cooperation in achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific with China’s advancement in the South and East China Seas in mind. Kishida is also planning to visit the UK and other European nations during the holiday period. The paper speculated that since the United States has expressed its intention not to attend this year’s G20 meetings if Russia participates in them, Kishida may ask Indonesia, this year’s G20 chair, to coordinate between countries with different interests. Sankei ran a similar report, saying that Kishida is making arrangements to hold talks with Prime Minister Johnson in the UK to discuss assistance to Ukrainian evacuees and sanctions on Russia.  

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