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Japan defense chief to meet with U.S. counterpart Austin on Wednesday

Hamada travels to Washington to discuss Taiwan, North Korea

Yasukazu Hamada will meet with the U.S. secretary of defense after the third-shortest wait among Japanese defense ministers. (Photo by Hiroki Endo)

TOKYO -- Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada will hold his first meeting with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday as he travels to the U.S. just a month after assuming the post.

"We'll affirm that we'll cooperate closely to respond to all types of situations and further align our strategies," Hamada told a news conference here Tuesday before leaving for Washington.

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