• Kyodo


U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday urged Japan to improve relations with its neighbors after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo in late December fueled anger in China and South Korea.

“Secretary Hagel underscored the importance of Japan taking steps to improve relations with its neighbors,” Defense Department press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement summarizing telephone talks between Hagel and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera.

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