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Viral Spread Affecting Japan's Defense Exchanges

Viral Spread Affecting Japan's Defense Exchanges

   Tokyo, March 21 (Jiji Press)--The coronavirus pandemic is affecting defense exchanges, causing concerns over Japanese activities to maintain deterrent capabilities and build confidence with other countries.
   Tokyo is experiencing a series of cancellations of multilateral meetings on security. Some of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces' joint exercises with foreign military forces have been canceled.
   The Defense Ministry announced earlier this month the postponement of the first meeting of defense ministers from Japan and Pacific island countries planned for early April.
   The ministry also put off an annual forum of bureau chief-level defense officials with Southeast Asian countries as well as the United States and China.
   Recent regular meetings with the U.S. military in Japan and oversea trips by senior Japanese defense officials "have been canceled in almost all cases," a ministry source said.

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