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Japan’s foreign minister promises a stronger military in visit to US carrier

US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel (left) and Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi (right) attend a press conference onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean on April 23, 2022. (AFP)
US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel (left) and Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi (right) attend a press conference onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean on April 23, 2022. (AFP)
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23 Apr 2022 10:04:31 GMT9
23 Apr 2022 10:04:31 GMT9

ABOARD USS LINCOLN: Japan’s foreign minister promised his country would bolster its military to help the United States maintain regional security during a visit on Saturday to a US aircraft carrier patrolling Asian waters.

“Today I was able to experience first hand the frontline of national security,” HAYASHI Yoshimasa told reporters in the hangar deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln sailing in waters south of Tokyo. Japan will “significantly strengthen” its defence capabilities and work closely with the United States, he added.

Hayashi spoke amid concern in Japan that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which it sees as an affront to international diplomatic norms, could encourage neighbouring China to use military muscle to win control of Taiwan and threaten nearby Japanese islands.

Japan has also expressed concern about Beijing’s deepening security ties with Moscow, that have included joint drills in waters surrounding Japan.

China has said its intentions in Asia are peaceful.

Hayashi flew out to the aircraft carrier from Tokyo with US Ambassador Rahm Emanuel, who warned that the invasion of Ukraine, which Russian describes as a “special operation”, posed security risks in regions far beyond Europe, including in the Indo Pacific.

The two watched carrier flight operations from the deck of the Lincoln, which had just sailed from the Sea of Japan close to the Korean peninsula where it had conducted naval exercises with Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force following the latest missile launch by North Korea.

Reuters

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