As world eyes Russia's action in Ukraine, Hagel assures Japan US will protect its security

  • by: LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 5, 2014 - 3:25 AM

YOKOTA AIR FORCE BASE, Japan — Against the backdrop of Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean region, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday a key message he will deliver to leaders in Tokyo this weekend is that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting Japan's security.

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