Japan, Vietnam to agree to bolster supply chains during Suga's visit

Japan and Vietnam plan to agree to facilitate the cross-border flow of medical equipment and other goods when Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga visits Hanoi next week, government sources said Wednesday, part of a push to diversify supply chains in light of the coronavirus pandemic.Suga is also hoping to sign an agreement enabling Japan to transfer defense equipment and technology to Vietnam in a planned meeting with his counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the sources said.Japan relies on imports for much of its medical equipment, with around 80 percent of its face masks supplied by China. As demand for …

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