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Japan and Indonesia to hold 2+2 talks as security concerns mount

Suga and Jokowi agree to ease COVID self-quarantine period for business trips

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Oct. 20.   © Kyodo

JAKARTA -- Japan and Indonesia on Tuesday agreed to accelerate the restart of mutual business travel to help their pandemic-battered economies, while also resolving to step up cooperation on defense.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is visiting Indonesia for the first time since taking office in September, met with his counterpart President Joko Widodo and later told reporters that the two governments aim to ease the self-quarantine period to enable short business trips.

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