NAGO, OKINAWA PREF. – Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and leaders of Pacific island countries agreed Saturday to strengthen ties on maritime issues and natural disasters, with Japan pledging up to $500 million (¥40 billion) in aid over the next three years.
The United States took part for the first time in the triennial Japan-Pacific Islands Forum as Washington shifts its focus to the Asia-Pacific region to counter China’s rising assertiveness.
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