Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Travels to Europe and US to Meet with Allies

Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida, began a tour in Europe and the United States on Monday, focusing on security issues and aiming to reaffirm Japanese-American cooperation and the “free and open Indo-Pacific”. The tour will include visits to France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, where he will meet President Joe Biden. Issues to be discussed include the Russian invasion of Ukraine and North Korea’s denuclearization.

Kishida also expects to discuss Japan’s recent defense policy reform, which is the biggest one in decades and includes a significant budget increase for the sector and acquisition of advanced weapons. He hopes to obtain the support of G7 allies to address current global challenges such as climate change, food and energy crisis.

Kishida said he looks forward to having candid talks with his G7 peers, deepening the trusting relationship, and sharing ideas and values.

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