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Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi will visit two Central Asian countries, Mongolia and two Pacific island nations, the Japanese government said Thursday, as Tokyo seeks cooperation in responding to Russia’s war in Ukraine and other issues.

Hayashi will first take a five-day trip through Monday, visiting Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia. Then he will leave for a three-day tour of Fiji and Palau from May 6.

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