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International relations

Japan sharpens focus on Indo-Pacific with new defense post

Tokyo bolsters staff for coordination with India, Australia and Southeast Asia

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the Japanese Maritime Self-defense Force's destroyer Fuyuzuki sail alongside the Indian fleet tanker Shakti in the Indian Ocean. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Defense plans to establish a new team in charge of Indo-Pacific affairs as part of its efforts to advance a regional strategy involving the U.S., India and Australia, Nikkei has learned.

In a change slated for as early as next month, the ministry will assign another international affairs officer to its Bureau of Defense Policy, in effect doubling its staff for coordination with countries other than the U.S.

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