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Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday he plans to visit a total of eight African and Latin American countries in January to strengthen bilateral business ties and cooperate in realizing a “free and open” international order.

“I hope to strengthen bilateral ties and agree on coordination over (realizing) the ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific,'” Motegi told a news conference, referring to a vision Japan pushes to promote the rule of law, freedom of navigation, free trade and democracy.

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