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International relations

Japan's top diplomat kicks off tour of Central America and Cuba

Tokyo to push back against Beijing with infrastructure and vaccine aid

Cuban and Japanese flags fly on top of the plane bringing Japan's then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Havana in 2016.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi departed Thursday for a visit to four countries in Central America and the Caribbean to help the U.S. counteract Chinese influence in Washington's backyard.

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