Carter makes final visit to Japan as U.S. defense secretary

TOKYO — U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter paid a two-day visit to Japan in early December, telling a press conference in Tokyo that the Japan-U.S. alliance “provides many benefits to both of our sides.”

Carter held talks on Dec. 7 with Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on what is likely to have been his last visit to Japan before the new U.S. government is sworn in.

Inada used the press conference to underline Japan’s commitment to the alliance, saying, “The Japan-U.S. alliance will not waver, and I want to reinforce and deepen . . .

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