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Japan’s defense chief to visit Washington in early May

Kyodo took up the disclosure by several GOJ sources that Defense Minister Kishi is likely to visit the U.S. capital early next month for talks with Defense Secretary Austin. The two officials are expected to confirm the close security partnership to counter Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, North Korea’s renewed missile provocations, and China’s hegemonic moves. They will also agree to strengthen the deterrence of the bilateral alliance to prevent the status quo in East Asia from being altered unilaterally by force. Asahi ran a similar report, adding that the Japanese minister is likely to brief Secretary Austin on Tokyo’s plan to bolster its own defense capabilities, including updating the 2014 National Security Strategy and two other key security documents in December.

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