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U.S., Japan defense chiefs reaffirm nuclear deterrence, blast Russia

Kishi and Austin discuss coordinating security strategy updates

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met Wednesday with Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi. (Nikkei montage/Austin photo by AP)

WASHINGTON -- Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and American counterpart Lloyd Austin agreed on Wednesday to maintain U.S. nuclear deterrence and align the two nations' security strategies in light of new challenges that emerged after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

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