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Diplomacy: Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida visits Europe and the USA

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Japan’s prime minister is traveling abroad amid what the Tokyo government describes as the “serious and most complicated” global security environment since World War II.

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida embarked on a week-long trip to Europe and the United States on Monday. The visit to France, Italy, Great Britain, Canada and the USA is in preparation for the G7 summit from May 19 to 21 in Kishida’s hometown of Hiroshima.

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The countries on the itinerary are among those with which Japan has intensified its security cooperation in view of China’s growing thirst for power and the threat posed by North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. Kishida’s meeting with US President Joe Biden on Friday to conclude his trip will be his first visit to the US capital since taking office in October 2021.

Under Kishida, Japan is making a historic change in its security policy and wants to massively increase its defense spending. The defense budget is to amount to two percent of the country’s economic output instead of the previous one percent.

The change of course comes amid what the Tokyo government describes as the “serious and most complicated” security environment since World War II. According to a recently adopted new security paper, China’s military presence in the region represents “the greatest strategic challenge” of all time. Japan’s protecting power, the USA, formulates it in a similar way.

Source: Stern

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