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Kishida congratulates Turkish President Erdogan on reelection 

Mainichi and Yomiuri reported that Prime Minister Kishida sent a message to Turkish President Erdogan congratulating him on his reelection. In the message, Kishida reportedly referred to the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Turkey next year and said: “I hope to strongly develop the relationship in various sectors based on our friendship and jointly work toward another 100….Read more

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Japan ranks second after United States as nation Europeans hope to partner with 

Yomiuri reported on Sunday that MOFA released the results of its opinion poll on Japan conducted in the United States and Europe in 2022. The paper said the European countries polled in November were the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Hungary. When asked which countries Europe should strengthen its partnerships with outside the region, 51% answered Japan, the second highest….Read more

  • May 28, 2023
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Japan, France agree on close cooperation in issues regarding China

HIROSHIMA – The Japanese and French leaders agreed on Friday to deepen bilateral collaboration in the security and economic fields and work closely on issues related to China, with Beijing’s military and economic clout increasing in the Indo-Pacific region.   During their talks in Hiroshima, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and French President Emmanuel Macron affirmed that they will keep imposing….Read more

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Japanese, Italian leaders hold summit

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio held a summit meeting with his Italian counterpart, Giorgia Meloni, in Hiroshima City on May 18.   It was the first summit between the two countries since Kishida visited Rome in January this year. At the beginning of the meeting, Kishida said: “When I visited [Rome] in January, we elevated our relations to the level of….Read more

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Japan, UK affirm greater defense collaboration 

All national dailies highlighted a meeting held in Hiroshima yesterday evening between Prime Minister Kishida and his British counterpart Sunak, focusing on their agreement to explore the possibility of allowing the SDF to conduct “asset protection” operations for UK forces. In the joint “Hiroshima Accord” that was released afterward, the two prime ministers agreed to strengthen their defense partnership in….Read more

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Japanese, Italian premiers agree to deepen strategic partnership 

All national papers wrote that Prime Minister Kishida and his Italian counterpart Meloni held talks in Hiroshima on Thursday. They agreed to promote their bilateral strategic partnership, defend and promote the rules-based international order, and step up mutual coordination on economic security. 

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Sunak: U.K. and Japan stand shoulder to shoulder

By Rishi Sunak / Prime Minister of the United Kingdom   U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hails the “shared values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law” that bind Britain and Japan in an article contributed to The Yomiuri Shimbun ahead of the Group of Seven Summit in Hiroshima.   ***   It’s an honour to be in Japan….Read more

  • May 18, 2023
  • , The Japan News , 05:00 a.m.
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Japan, EU to announce new direction for security cooperation

Tokyo, May 15 (Jiji Press)–Japan and the European Union plan to announce a new direction for their security and defense cooperation at the next regular Japan-EU summit that is expected to be held later this year, according to Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.     Hayashi and Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, agreed on….Read more

  • May 15, 2023
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  • May 13, 2023
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FM Hayashi expresses willingness to strengthen cooperation with EU  

Sankei reported that Foreign Minister Hayashi, who is currently visiting Sweden, told the press on Sunday that Tokyo is willing to strengthen cooperation with the EU in maritime security, space, and cyberspace ahead of the regular top-level meeting between Japan and the EU scheduled to be held by the end of this year. Hayashi reportedly stressed that unity with the EU….Read more

  • May 16, 2023
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