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NATO and Japan to cooperate in 16 areas, align defense equipment

Kishida set to announce new cooperation document at Vilnius summit

The U.S. Navy's USS Milius, in the background, and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force's Atago conduct joint training exercises in the Sea of Japan in 2023.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- NATO and Japan have concluded negotiations over a new cooperation document and are preparing to announce the pillars at the Vilnius Summit next week, Nikkei Asia has learned.

The Individually Tailored Partnership Program (ITPP) consists of 16 cooperation areas with three strategic goals: to strengthen dialogue, enhance interoperability and bolster resilience, according to European and Japanese sources.

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