YOKOSUKA, Japan – British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday visited a key Maritime Self-Defense Force base southwest of Tokyo to inspect a helicopter carrier.
Flanked by Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, May, who is on a three-day visit to Japan through Friday, went aboard the Izumo, the largest MSDF vessel, at Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture.
At the outset of their conversation aboard the vessel, which was open to the media, May said, “We have a long history of cooperation in these areas, and my visit today, I think, is a sign of the growing cooperation and partnership that we have on defense matters.”
In response, Onodera said the MSDF has learned its operation and training from the British navy.
The British prime minister is making her first visit to Japan since taking office in July last year, to hold talks with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on bilateral defense cooperation, including how to address North Korean threats, according to Japanese officials.