Japan eyes Hiroshima visit of Kazakh pres., talks with Abe in Nov.

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02:04 14 September 2016

TOKYO, Sept. 14, Kyodo

Japan is arranging for Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to make a trip to Hiroshima when he visits Japan in early November and holds talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a source close to bilateral ties said Tuesday.

Japan aims to have Abe and Nazarbayev boost cooperation on nuclear disarmament, a field in which the Kazakh leader is known for actively campaigning, in a bid to show a united front amid growing the security threat from North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, the source said.

Abe sounded out Nazarbayev about a trip to Japan as well as a visit to Hiroshima — which was devastated by a U.S. atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945 — within this year, when they met on the sidelines of the two-day Group of 20 major economies’ summit in Hangzhou, China, last week.

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