Japan's defense minister meeting military leaders in Hawaii

Japan's defense minister meeting military leaders in Hawaii

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Japan's defense minister is visiting Hawaii to meet senior U.S. military officials.

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani is scheduled to lay a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial on Monday. He'll also see a ballistic missile defense radar and a guided missile cruiser at Pearl Harbor.

On Tuesday, Nakatani is scheduled to meet with Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.

The Pacific Command says Nakatani will discuss "the continually evolving security environment in the region," including the East and South China Seas. Ballistic missile defense is also on the agenda.

This is Nakatani's first visit to Pacific Command headquarters since Japan's parliament approved legislation loosening post-World War II constraints on its military. The law allows Japan to defend its allies even when the country isn't under attack.

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