S'pore a key ally as Japan seeks close ties with Asean amid rising geopolitical risks: Hayashi

Japan's Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi (left) is seen as a potential successor to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. PHOTO: AFP
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SINGAPORE - Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, 61, is fronting Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) at a critical time.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has sparked a global food and energy crisis, and China's foreign policy assertiveness has rattled the Western-led international order that has been the bedrock for regional security for decades.

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