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Secretary Blinken says Japan to attend NATO summit

NHK and Jiji reported that Secretary of State Blinken disclosed at a Senate hearing on Tuesday that Japan will attend the NATO summit slated for late June in Madrid. The Secretary reportedly made the remark in response to a question from Senator Hagerty, the former U.S. Ambassador to Japan. In addition, Jiji said the Secretary praised Japan’s response to the Ukraine crisis and stressed that although Japan is not a member of NATO, it is a friend with which the United States is deepening cooperation. Noting that Foreign Minister Hayashi became in April the first Japanese foreign minister to attend a NATO foreign ministers’ meeting, NHK conjectured that the Biden administration is hoping to expand the anti-Russia coalition to include the Asia-Pacific region.

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