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Japan foreign minister eyes US trip next month to strengthen ties

Free and open Indo-Pacific agreed upon in Motegi-Blinken phone call

Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, left, and new U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Source photos by Reuters)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi plans to visit the United States, possibly in mid-February, to hold discussions with his new counterpart Antony Blinken, amid China's military rise and North Korea's nuclear development, government sources said Wednesday.

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