Japan's defense minister to postpone visit to India

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has decided to postpone a planned visit to India from Oct. 8 due to a scheduling conflict, ministry sources said Thursday.

Onodera was expected to meet with his counterpart A.K. Antony to discuss the export to India of US-2 amphibious aircraft used by Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The meeting was aimed at boosting cooperation in maritime security matters with India, which also has territorial issues with China.

India proposed postponing the meeting due to a schedule conflict, and both sides will arrange a new schedule for Onodera's visit next year, the sources said.