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Kishida to become first Japanese leader at NATO summit

Prime minister says Europe and Indo-Pacific security are 'inseparable'

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters in Tokyo on June 15. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Wednesday that he will attend the NATO summit later this month, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so.

The gathering in Madrid over June 29-30 comes with the shifting of the global geopolitical landscape after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It will closely follow the Group of Seven summit in Germany on June 26-28, which Kishida will also attend.

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