Japan to attend NATO summit for first time | NATO News

Fumio Kishida says he’ll be a part of the June 28-30 assembly, changing into the primary Japanese prime minister to attend a NATO summit.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has mentioned he’ll attend this month’s NATO summit in Madrid, changing into the nation’s first chief to affix a prime assembly of the transatlantic group.

The announcement on Wednesday comes forward of a June 28-30 gathering of the navy alliance that’s seen as a crunch second for its 30 members, 4 months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Sweden and Finland, which have utilized to affix NATO, are sending delegations to the summit, and South Korea’s new President Yoon Suk-yeol can even be the primary chief from his nation to attend.

Japan, a key United States ally and never a NATO member, has delivered defensive provides to Ukraine and imposed powerful sanctions on Russia in tandem with the opposite Group of Seven (G7) nations.

“As the one Asian nation within the G7, Japan’s diplomatic capabilities are being examined,” Kishida informed reporters.

His attendance on the NATO summit might be “the primary time for a Japanese prime minister”, he mentioned, including that he intends to spotlight the hyperlink between safety issues in Europe and Asia.

Kishida has already pledged vital strengthening of Japan’s navy functionality and finances.

He mentioned defending lives and turning across the economic system had been his key guarantees since he took workplace, and that “I’ll fulfil my accountability as prime minister by preserving the guarantees.”

In latest weeks, Kishida has hosted a summit of the Quad grouping of countries and has made journeys to nations together with Singapore, the place he gave a keynote speech on the Shangri-La Dialogue safety summit on Friday.

“I personally have a robust sense of urgency that Ukraine at present could also be East Asia tomorrow,” he warned there.