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Japan's foreign minister should visit China: Taro Kono

Former defense chief slams 'irresponsible' voices that seek to shun dialogue

Taro Kono speaks at an event hosted by Kyodo News Agency on Dec. 13.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Taro Kono, public relations chief of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, expressed concern regarding the mounting opposition toward Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi's planned first visit to China.

"Diplomacy is not something you do by lobbing slogans at each other," the former foreign and defense minister said in a speech Monday in Tokyo. "If the foreign ministers can't talk, that is definitely not an ideal situation."

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