05 July 2017

News Story: Japan-U.S. security talks postponed

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan and the United States have postponed security talks involving their foreign and defense chiefs planned for mid-July because U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not be available around that time, a Japanese government source said Monday.

The postponement of the "two-plus-two" talks comes as Japanese Defense Ministry Tomomi Inada remains under pressure to resign over her gaffe in an election campaign speech, which has been said undermines the political neutrality of the Self-Defense Forces.

With Inada widely expected to be replaced in a Cabinet reshuffle rumored to be held soon, Tokyo is likely to go into the talks with a new defense minister.

Read the full story at The Mainichi