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Macron trip to Japan in works as top ministers set to meet

North Korea also on agenda when French defense, foreign chiefs visit Tokyo

French President Emmanuel Macron   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Arranging a first visit to Japan by French President Emmanuel Macron will be on the agenda Friday when the diplomatic and defense chiefs of both countries meet here to discuss security issues including North Korea.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will discuss the matter with French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, hoping to have Macron visit as early as April to mark the 160th anniversary of the establishment of friendly bilateral relations. Defense ministers Itsunori Onodera of Japan and Florence Parly of France also will attend Friday's "two plus two" meeting, the first between the countries since January 2017.

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