Japan’s prime minister is expected to attend an upcoming NATO summit

Fumio Kishida, the Prime Minister of Japan, is considering attending a summit of senior North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officials to discuss the potential for Japanese cooperation with Western leaders in the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The Strait Times, an English-language daily newspaper published in Singapore, reported that Kishida’s move represents an “unusually aggressive stance for a Japanese leader”. The Times also noted that Kishida has repeatedly condemned the Russian military and the country’s leadership for committing what he called “war crimes” against Ukraine.

Japan’s leadership has a long-standing practice of carefully managing their country’s relations with Russia, as the two countries have a long history of territorial disputes.

A Japanese government spokesman said officials will not be able to comment on the Kishida’s talks with NATO allies. Kishida’s participation in the upcoming NATO summit was first reported in Japanese media last Saturday.

The NATO summit will take place on June 29th and 30th in the Spanish capital Madrid. The meeting is expected to coincide with the campaign efforts of Kishida and other Japanese politicians as the meeting will overlap with the upcoming Japanese election cycle.

Kishida is expected to make a final decision on whether or not to attend the summit in the coming days as he has to take into account the rapidly approaching elections.

NATO leaders have invited representatives from Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea as their Asia-Pacific partners to attend the summit.

Should Kishida attend the summit, his presence is expected to be welcomed and send a strong message of international solidarity at a time of heightened geopolitical tensions.

The potential for an increasing Japanese presence among NATO allies could also be a result of China’s potential invasion of Taiwan.

According to leaked audio from a top-secret meeting of Chinese officials, China could soon launch an extremely aggressive invasion of its neighboring island.

Voices in the leaked audio recording discuss the need to secure strategic entry points to key economic centers in mainland China and how much military equipment and personnel will be required to pull off the invasion.

Last May, it was reported that China’s economic regulators held emergency meetings in April to discuss how to isolate the Chinese economy from Western sanctions if the West uses economic isolation to discourage and punish China after a Taiwanese invasion.

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Laura Coffey

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