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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has canceled a planned visit to India and the Philippines during Japan's Golden Week holiday period starting from late April as he needs to address a resurgence of coronavirus infections in the country, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said Wednesday.

The trip, which had been scheduled from late April to early May, was intended to reaffirm Japan's cooperation with the two countries in achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific, as the nations look to counter China's military buildup and growing assertiveness in the region.

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