The top Defense Agency bureaucrat will visit Russia in January, marking a resumption of defense dialogue suspended when a Japanese naval officer was found in September to have passed classified documents to a Russian military attache, according to Japanese defense officials.

The decision to have Ken Sato, administrative vice defense minister, travel to Russia was made Tuesday at a Tokyo meeting between Defense Agency chief Kazuo Torashima and visiting Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev, the officials said.

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