Today, the United Kingdom Prime Minister will meet with his Japanese counterpart to strengthen the country's ties with its closest Asian security ally and expedite partnership in areas such as defense, trade, and renewable technology.
The leaders will come to an agreement in principle on a Reciprocal Access Agreement, which would allow Japanese and British forces to collaborate, train, and execute together, bolstering the United Kingdom's dedication to the Indo-Pacific and ensuring global peace and security.
The United Kingdom will be the first European country to reach a deal with Japan.
The historic defense relationship, which will see the UK and Japanese Armed Forces operate together for drills, joint training, and emergency relief exercises, will expand on the already tight defense and security cooperation, such as the Future Combat Air System program.
As part of Prime Minister Kishida's ceremonial greeting to the United Kingdom, the officials will watch a Royal Air Force fly overhead and review a Guard of Honour, symbolizing the two countries' close connections, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
As two great island democratic countries, the UK and Japan are focused on moving development, generating highly skilled jobs, and guaranteeing that we remain technological champions.
Tomorrow's bilateral discussions are meant to focus on Russia's attack on Ukraine and how international partnerships can continue to exert optimum pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin's rule while assisting Ukraine and other European countries impacted by the war.
They are also anticipated to commit to a closer partnership as part of the United Kingdom's Clean Green Initiative, which would empower the two nations to work together to help Asian countries build sustainable power, assist their shift to green energy, and supply substitute resources to Russian oil and gas.
The Prime Minister will also introduce the appointment of a new trade representative to Japan, further strengthening the two nations' robust trade and investment cooperation.
Johnson added, "Prime Minister Kishida's visit will strengthen our tight defense connection and expand our trade partners to promote significant infrastructure programs around the country, which will help us achieve our leveling up goal."
As Japanese corporations spend billions of pounds on the UK economy through large infrastructure developments such as wind farms and high-speed rail, Greg Clark MP has been appointed to lead the next phase between the UK and Japan.