Boris Johnson Cancels Scheduled Diplomatic Visit to Japan

Japanese government sources said Monday the British government canceled the Prime Minister’s visit to Japan in February due to growing tensions over Ukraine and his alleged participation in COVID lockdown-breaking parties.

Tokyo and London had been arranging for PM Boris Johnson’s visit in mid-February for talks with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to discuss China, Ukraine, the fight against coronavirus, and measures to achieve decarbonization.

However, at a regular press conference in Tokyo on Monday, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno denied reports of the visit.

“It is not true that a visit by British Prime Minister Johnson is being arranged,” Matsuno said. 

“Japan places great weight on its relations with Britain, which is a global strategic partner of our country, and hopes to strengthen ties through various efforts,” Matsuno added.

It would have been Johnson’s first visit to Japan since he took office in 2019.

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