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Kishida takes part in NATO summit  

  • June 30, 2022
  • , Nikkei , All TV networks
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All broadcasters reported on Prime Minister Kishida’s attendance at the NATO summit as the first Japanese prime minister. The networks said that Kishida shared with NATO leaders the view that security in Europe cannot be separated from security in the Indo-Pacific and agreed with them to further strengthen security cooperation between Japan and NATO. 

 

In a related development, Nikkei carried an op-ed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on strengthening partnership with Japan. He described PM Kishida’s participation in the Madrid summit as a “historic milestone” in bilateral relations. “It demonstrates how closely connected our security is and the importance of sharing information on the common challenges the Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific regions face,” the top NATO official wrote, adding that NATO is eager to deepen cooperation with Japan and other like-minded partners to promote peace, protect shared security, and send a clear message that “violence and intimidation will not pay.”  

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