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UK's Johnson cancels visit to Japan as Ukraine tensions rise

PM also under pressure at home to resign over party row

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center, at the Parliament in London: Johnson called off his planned trip to Japan as he faces calls to step down. (UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via Reuters)

TOKYO -- The governments of Japan and the U.K. have decided to cancel British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's visit to Japan that was scheduled for mid-February, Nikkei has learned, as it has become increasingly difficult for Johnson to make the trip as tensions between Russia and the West intensify over Ukraine.

The two governments had planned for Johnson and his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, to meet in person to discuss security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

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