Kishida may go to NATO summit

Preparations are said to be underway for Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio to attend a NATO summit later this month in Spain. If the plans come to fruition, Kishida will be the first Japanese leader to join a meeting of the alliance.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to take part in a Group of Seven summit from June 26 to 28 in Germany. The NATO meeting will be held on June 29 and 30 in Madrid.

One hundred days have passed since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine. Japan, along with the United States and other western countries, continues to impose economic sanctions on Russia and provide assistance to Ukraine.

Japan is also calling on other Asian countries to collaborate.

Kishida hopes to explain to the NATO members that Japan will keep in step on the Ukrainian situation and that unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force must not be tolerated anywhere in the world, having China and North Korea in mind.

He also hopes to brief the members on Japan's plans to boost its defense spending.

As Japan is not a member of the NATO, Kishida is likely to be mulling over the benefit of participation and holding off the final decision as the Upper House election draws near.