UK and Japan PMs announce agreements on defence and radioactive food

Posted: 8th May 2022

Boris Johnson and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida announced new agreements at Downing Street Thursday, on deepening defence co-operation and the lifting of restrictions on food imports from Fukushima.

The new defence deal will allow for British and Japanese troops to deploy together for training, joint exercises, and humanitarian relief missions. A UK government official said this Reciprocal Access Agreement highlighted the “UK’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific.” The deal will also deepen weapons development with Japan, with the pair to collaborate on the UK’s sixth-generation warplane – the Future Combat Air System programme.
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