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International relations

Japan's top diplomat heads to Europe to court Indo-Pacific partners

Motegi's trip comes as France and Germany deepen Asia involvement

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will discuss issues surrounding the Indo-Pacific region with officials from France, Portugal and Saudi Arabia.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi has kicked off a tour that will take him to Europe and the Middle East, with the "free and open Indo-Pacific" strategy to feature heavily.

The choice of destinations is telling.

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