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Japan and Germany plan broader high-level talks beyond 2-plus-2

Exclusive: Meetings to deal with China, Russia and other shared challenges

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ahead of a meeting in Tokyo in April 2022. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

LONDON/TOKYO -- Japan and Germany will establish a new framework for regular high-level meetings as early as March, covering a wide range of topics but focused on deterring China and Russia, senior officials from both countries told Nikkei.

The talks will be broader than the current "two-plus-two" format of foreign and defense ministers, bringing in the leaders of both countries along with cabinet officials handling other fields such as finance.

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