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Not aware of changes to Pompeo's visit to Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato says

FILE PHOTO: Japan's new Chief of Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato announces new cabinet members at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is not aware of any change to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the country, set for next week, top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said on Friday.

“I’m not aware at the moment of any change to the scheduled visit to Japan by Secretary of State Pompeo,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato told reporters after being asked if U.S. President Donald Trump’s positive test for coronavirus would affect the visit.

Pompeo is set to travel to Japan, Mongolia and South Korea from Oct. 4 to 8, a key visit to strengthen ties with the regional allies at a time when Washington’s relationship with China remains fraught.

Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Catherine Evans