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The top U.S. diplomat made a previously unscheduled visit to Japan on Monday, calling assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a “man of vision” as he offered his condolences in meetings with current leader Fumio Kishida and others in Tokyo.

Antony Blinken’s trip, which was added to his itinerary in the wake of the shocking killing of one of Japan’s most recognizable politicians, comes just a day after the country’s Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling bloc rolled to victory in an Upper House election.

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