Pentagon chief heading to Japan, S.Korea next week

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, pictured here in Washington, DC on March 3, 2015, will travel to Japan and South Korea to underscore President Obama's commitment to a strategic shift towards AsiaPentagon chief Ashton Carter will travel to Japan and South Korea next week to underscore President Barack Obama’s commitment to a strategic shift towards Asia, even as crises in the Middle East preoccupy Washington. Carter embarks on the first of two trips to Asia on Tuesday, stopping in Tokyo and Seoul before meeting the head of US Pacific Command in Hawaii, officials said.

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