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Abe to seek Estonia's help in cyberdefense on European tour

Baltic and Balkan visit will also focus on IT, politics and economy

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TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will look to strengthen the Japanese partnership with digitally advanced Estonia in areas such as cyberdefense during a six-nation European tour starting Friday.

The Baltic state will be the first stop, followed by Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania. Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit these former Eastern Bloc countries. The tour will bring to a record 76 the number of countries and regions he has visited during his second stint in office, begun in 2012.

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