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Japan, New Zealand in talks to share information and intelligence

PM Ardern stresses importance of bilateral ties in move toward renewable energy

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed in Tokyo to start negotiations to share information and intelligence.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met late on Thursday and agreed to start negotiations on an information-sharing agreement, including the exchange of intelligence, as they strengthen security and defense cooperation.

The two leaders also reaffirmed the importance of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and said they would cooperate in researching renewables such as hydrogen and geothermal energy.

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