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  1. Obama Confirms Disputed Islands Fall Under U.S.-Japan Defense Pact 

    Barack Obama has confirmed that the Senkaku Islands, over which there is a territorial dispute between Japan and China, fall under a U.S.-Japanese defense pact should they ever come under attack. But the U.S. president, who is touring Asia, emphasized that the U.S. would work to help settle the dispute peacefully. Obama also discussed a desired Trans-Pacific Partnership with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Both nations want to protect key national industries, with Japan hoping to boost exports to the American car market and the U.S. seeking reduced tariffs on agricultural products.

    Sources: BBC, DW, BBC

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