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Published:January 12th, 2011 14:27 EST
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Robert Gates Arrives in Japan for Military Talks

By SOP newswire3

American Forces Press Service

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2011 " Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Tokyo today, the second leg of a three-country tour that started with a four-day visit to China.

Gates is scheduled to meet with Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa and other senior leaders of the Japanese government, including Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

"We will use the trip to discuss how best to address recent security developments in the region - including North Korean provocations - and to further develop our long-term agenda for strengthening and deepening the bilateral alliance," said Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell. "The visit will underscore the centrality of the U.S.-Japan relationship for addressing regional and global challenges, now and in the years to come."

Gates is scheduled to visit South Korea Jan. 14 on the last leg of his trip to East Asia.