Japan and NATO agree to intensify cooperation

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The head of the NATO military committee and the senior officer of the Japan Self-Defense Forces discussed the Ukrainian situation and agreed to intensify cooperation.

NATO Admiral Rob Bauer and SDF Joint Chiefs of Staff General Yamazaki Koji met in Tokyo on Tuesday. Bauer is on a two-day visit to Japan.

Yamazaki said not allowing attempts to change the status quo by force is a common security challenge for the international community. He also said that strengthening cooperation between Japan, NATO and NATO members is essential.

Bauer replied that cooperation among free democratic nations is necessary to uphold the international rules-based order. He added that Japan is a very important partner for NATO.

They discussed the situation in Ukraine and the Indo-Pacific region, where China is stepping up its maritime activities.

After the meeting, Yamazaki told reporters that unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force should not be tolerated in any part of the world. He said Japan is committed to maintaining an open and free international order based on the rule of law and will strengthen cooperation with NATO.

Bauer stressed the importance of firmly maintaining the rules-based international order nurtured more than 70 years after the two world wars.

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