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Japan and Canada on Saturday agreed to hold a so-called two-plus-two meeting between the countries’ vice foreign and defense ministers on April 19 in Tokyo to strengthen bilateral security ties, the Foreign Ministry said.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Canadian counterpart, Stephane Dion, also agreed to strengthen economic ties, with Kishida requesting an early start of Canadian exports of natural gas to Japan. Dion said Canada will do all it can, the ministry said.

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