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PM Kishida: No Plans For Japan To Join AUKUS


Earlier today, Japanese PM Fumio Kishida states that there are no plans for Japan to join the tripartite security alliance formed by Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States known as AUKUS.

  • Speaking alongside new Australian PM Anthony Albanese Despite not joining AUKUS, Kishida states that "there is an increasing need to strengthen the Japan-Australia partnership to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific".
  • There had been speculation that the increasingly intense debate on Japan's defence spending and the role of its military (see 0005BST bullet) that Japan could seek to join the AUKUS alliance, but Kishida poured cold water on this, stating in a joint presser with Albanese that, “For Japan we are not thinking at all of joining AUKUS right now but our important partners in security and defence like Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States who are members of AUKUS. we would like to further strengthen our close partnership with these countries,”

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