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Kishida says Japan elevated its relationship with NATO to new level 

Mainichi and Sankei wrote that Prime Minister Kishida told reporters after attending the NATO summit in Madrid that Japan and NATO agreed to elevate their relationship to a new level. The premier said that Japan will establish partnerships for freedom and democracy in Europe and the Indo-Pacific by strengthening cooperation with likeminded nations. Kishida added that at the trilateral summit between the United States, Japan, and South Korea that was held for the first time in five years, the three nations agreed to work closely for the complete denuclearization of North Korea. He also said that both the U.S. and ROK leaders expressed their firm support for Japan’s efforts to resolve the abduction issue. 

 

Yomiuri said that Kishida shared with his European partners Japan’s concern over China’s hegemonic moves and played the role of a bridge between Europe and the Indo-Pacific. The premier reportedly said that it was historic for Japan to participate in the NATO summit when the organization developed the new security concept, which referred for the first time to the risk posed by China’s hegemonic actions.  

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