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Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi plans to visit the United States in early May for talks with his U.S. counterpart, Lloyd Austin, on boosting cooperation amid ongoing tensions due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Kishi is expected to also discuss how to deal with North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile launches and affirm with Austin the importance of enhancing their bilateral alliance as a deterrent in the face of an increasingly assertive China, the sources said.

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