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Japan PM kicks off tour to bridge East-West divide on Russia

Kishida and Jokowi agree that war in Ukraine is 'unacceptable'

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, left, holds a news conference in Jakarta with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on April 29. (Pool/Kyodo)

JAKARTA -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stood beside Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Friday to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine, showcasing their unity on his first leg of a five-nation tour framed as "protecting peace."

"Unilateral changes to the status quo by force are unacceptable, and we affirmed that we will urge a peaceful resolution to conflict based on international law," Kishida said at a joint news conference held after their summit.

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