North Korea, Okinawa may be on agenda during Pence’s upcoming Tokyo visit

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a National Space Council meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2018.  ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG
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North Korea, Okinawa may be on agenda during Pence’s upcoming Tokyo visit

by: Seth Robson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 09, 2018

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Vice President Mike Pence and his wife are set to visit Tokyo next week, according to high-level Japanese government officials.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga recently told reporters that the United States and Japan will reconfirm their cooperation over efforts to contain North Korean and other issues during the visit, said a report published Thursday by the Reuters news agency.

Pence will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, Japan’s Asahi newspaper said.

Jeff Kingston, director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan, said the visit may be about reassuring Japanese leadership that there won’t be a major change in U.S. policy toward Japan following midterm elections in which Democrats took control of the House of Representatives.

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