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Japan is less secure - despite improved US ties

As Suga prepares to meet Biden next week, the China question looms large

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (right) accompanying Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi to attend a courtesy call by Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State and Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of Defense at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on March 16, 2021. PHOTO: AFP
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Pyongyang has explicitly spoken of using nuclear weapons against Japan. After a one-year hiatus, North Korea test-fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on March 25. Mr Suga said the launches "threatened the peace and security of Japan".

This was a reminder that not only has Pyongyang taken no concrete steps to dismantle its nuclear weapons or missile programmes, it also continues to enhance its ability to harm Japan.

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