Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Eyeing U.S. Visit in May


Tokyo, April 5 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is considering visiting the United States for four days from May 9, it was learned Friday.

An overseas trip by the chief cabinet secretary, who plays a key role in crisis management at the Japanese government, is very unusual.

During the travel, Suga, who doubles as minister for the issue of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea decades ago, will deliver a speech at a symposium on the reclusive country's human rights issues, informed sources said. The top government spokesman also plans to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and others.

This will be Suga's first trip abroad since he visited Guam in October 2015 to view a U.S. base there, to which some of U.S. Marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, are set to be transferred.

Every year, the Japanese government holds an event at the U.N. headquarters in New York or other venues to seek international cooperation for a resolution of the abduction issue.

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