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Japan aims to hold '2-plus-2' talks with Philippines, India in April

Meeting with foreign and defense ministers from Manila would be first for Tokyo

A Philippine Navy band welcomes the arrival of a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ship for a two-day goodwill visit in 2018.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is laying the groundwork for its first joint meeting of top diplomats and defense officials with the Philippines here next month, as well as its latest round of these "two-plus-two" talks with India, Nikkei has learned.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin and National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana would visit in early April for the meeting with Japanese counterparts Yoshimasa Hayashi and Nobuo Kishi.

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