Explainer-Why Japan is seeking military ties beyond its U.S. ally

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By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) – Before meeting President Joe Biden in Washington D.C., Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited Italy, France, Britain and Canada, in part to forge security ties that could help it fend off China, North Korea and Russia. ROUGH NEIGHBOURHOOD In June, Japan’s defence minister at the time, Nobuo Kishi, said his country was surrounded by nuclear-armed nations that refused to adhere to international norms of behaviour. In the wake of Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, Kishida has described security in East Asia as “fragile.” At the top of Japan’s threat list is China, w…

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