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Top Abe aide to meet with Pence on North Korean abductions

Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga will raise Okinawa base issue during rare US visit

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveils "Reiwa" as the new era name at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on April 1.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- One of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's closest aides is expected to discuss North Korea's past kidnappings of Japanese nationals and the relocation of an American air base in Okinawa when he visits Washington next month to meet with officials including Vice President Mike Pence.

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