Kyodo News
June 15, 2022

Fumio Kishida to be 1st Japan leader to attend NATO summit

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday he will attend a summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization this month as the first Japanese leader to attend the gathering of the Western security alliance.

At a press conference, Kishida also said he will attend a three-day summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations, to be held from June 26 in Schloss Elmau, Germany, just before the NATO gathering in the Spanish capital of Madrid.

The summits will be held as member nations continue to face challenges stemming from Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Kishida said he intends to underscore at the meetings that “any unilateral attempt to change status quo by force is impermissible anywhere in the world.”

During the two-day NATO summit starting on June 29, leaders are expected to endorse a new strategic concept defining the security challenges facing the alliance, including China’s rapid militarization and efforts to weaken the rules-based international order.

NATO is inviting its Asia-Pacific partner countries such as Japan, South Korea and Australia to attend the summit.


Nikkei Asia
June 15, 2022

Kishida to become first Japanese leader at NATO summit

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Wednesday that he will attend the NATO summit later this month, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so.

The gathering in Madrid over June 29-30 comes with the shifting of the global geopolitical landscape after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It will closely follow the Group of Seven summit in Germany on June 26-28, which Kishida will also attend.

While NATO is a grouping of Western nations, Kishida stressed that it has relevance for Asia in light of the Ukraine conflict.

“I will appeal that the security of Europe and the Indo-Pacific are inseparable, and that unilateral change to the status quo by force is not acceptable anywhere in the world,” Kishida told reporters.