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Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi plans to visit the United States, possibly in mid-February, to hold discussions with his new counterpart, Antony Blinken, government sources said Wednesday.

In a telephone call hours after Blinken won Senate confirmation as the U.S. secretary of state, Motegi said they agreed to bolster the alliance between the two countries and achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific, sharing the view that the regional security situation is becoming increasingly severe.

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