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Japan and U.S. to move 2+2 security talks online over omicron

Kishida weighs trips to Australia and India as hope for Biden summit recedes

From left, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, then-Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi after a "two-plus-two" meeting in Tokyo in March.   © Pool photo/Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. plan to hold joint foreign and defense minister meetings in January online, in response to the rapid spread of the omicron coronavirus variant in the U.S.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had originally been scheduled to meet in Washington.

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