Japan's Suga Leaves for U.S. to Attend Quad Summit
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Tokyo, Sept. 23 (Jiji Press)--Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga left for the United States on Thursday to attend the first in-person summit among the "Quad" nations of the United States, Japan, Australia and India to be held in Washington on Friday.
A government jet carrying Suga departed from Tokyo International Airport at Haneda.
The prime minister plans to make a proposal to other leaders to hold a Quad summit on a regular basis so as to strengthen the four countries' cooperation in the face of China's rise.
Ahead of his departure, Suga told reporters that he plans to have four-way discussions on the key issues of coronavirus vaccines, new technologies and climate change. "We'll explore ways to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific," the prime minister added.
Suga is expected to leave office on Oct. 4, when Japan's parliament is set to elect a new prime minister.
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