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The Japanese and British governments reached a broad accord on Wednesday on a reciprocal access agreement, which will serve as a legal basis for mutual visits by Self-Defense Forces personnel and British troops.

The accord, announced by the office of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to coincide with a visit to the country by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, is intended to enhance Japan-Britain defense cooperation at a time when security tensions are spreading in the Indo-Pacific region as well following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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