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Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Misawa

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse Friedel, left, Misawa Air Base installation commander, and U.S. Navy Capt. Brian Pummill, right, Naval Air Facility Misawa commanding officer, greet Takashi Uto, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. Uto visited the base to meet with U.S. and Japanese military leaders to learn about the mission and challenges of the bilateral and joint base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse Friedel, left, Misawa Air Base installation commander, and U.S. Navy Capt. Brian Pummill, right, Naval Air Facility Misawa commanding officer, greet Takashi Uto, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. Uto visited the base to meet with U.S. and Japanese military leaders to learn about the mission and challenges of the bilateral and joint base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Takashi Uto, center, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, listens to a brief from U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse Friedel, Misawa Air Base installation commander, during his visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. During the briefing, Uto and base leaders discussed the base's mission and relationships within the local community, Japan, and Indo-Pacific Command in general. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Takashi Uto, center, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, listens to a brief from U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse Friedel, Misawa Air Base installation commander, during his visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. During the briefing, Uto and base leaders discussed the base's mission and relationships within the local community, Japan, and Indo-Pacific Command in general. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse Friedel, Misawa Air Base installation commander, listens to a question from Takashi Uto, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, during his visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. Uto discussed several topics with Misawa leaders, including how COVID-19 has affected operations and training within Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse Friedel, Misawa Air Base installation commander, listens to a question from Takashi Uto, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, during his visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. Uto discussed several topics with Misawa leaders, including how COVID-19 has affected operations and training within Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Takashi Uto, center, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, receives a mission briefing with U.S. military leaders during his visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. During the briefing, Uto and base leaders discussed the base's mission and relationship within the local community, Japan, and Indo-Pacific Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Takashi Uto, center, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, receives a mission briefing with U.S. military leaders during his visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. During the briefing, Uto and base leaders discussed the base's mission and relationship within the local community, Japan, and Indo-Pacific Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse Friedel, Misawa Air Base installation commander, answers a question from Takashi Uto, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, during his visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. Uto discussed several topics with Misawa leaders, including how COVID-19 has affected operations and training within Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse Friedel, Misawa Air Base installation commander, answers a question from Takashi Uto, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, during his visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. Uto discussed several topics with Misawa leaders, including how COVID-19 has affected operations and training within Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Takashi Uto, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, poses for a photo with Misawa Air Base leaders during his visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. Uto visited the base to meet with U.S. and Japanese military leaders to learn about the mission and challenges of the bilateral and joint base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Takashi Uto, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, poses for a photo with Misawa Air Base leaders during his visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. Uto visited the base to meet with U.S. and Japanese military leaders to learn about the mission and challenges of the bilateral and joint base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse Friedel, left, Misawa Air Base installation commander, and U.S. Navy Capt. Brian Pummill, right, Naval Air Facility Misawa commanding officer, greet Takashi Uto, Japan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2021. Uto visited the base to meet with U.S. and Japanese military leaders to learn about the mission and challenges of the bilateral and joint base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)