Japan conference to focus on free, open region

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent

  TOKYO — Japan is preparing to host the Eighth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting on May 18 and May 19, with the conference broadly focused on the concept of a free and open Pacific region.

  Since 1997, PALM meetings have been held in Japan every three years and are designed to help Tokyo develop closer cooperative relations with the 16 other countries that make up the forum: Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands . . .

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