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Kishida to upgrade U.S. alliance with focus on 'free' Indo-Pacific

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Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says that he "will bring the Japan-U.S. alliance to a higher level" in a video message recorded for an event held in Tokyo Oct. 23.

TOKYO -- Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida emphasized his intention to "strategically promote the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific" in cooperation with U.S. President Joe Biden, in a video message shown at an event held in Tokyo on Saturday.

The world is facing "many challenges including an increasingly harsh regional security environment, events that threaten universal values such as freedom, democracy and human rights, and global issues such as climate change and the novel coronavirus," Kishida said at the annual Mount Fuji Dialogue, an event hosted by the Japan Center for Economic Research and the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

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