Japan’s Abe in Australia to boost military ties: upholds law and peace

“May I most humbly speak for Japan on behalf of the Japanese people here in sending my most sincere condolences towards the many souls who lost their lives,” Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said before the special joint sitting of federal parliament in Australia.

“We will now join up in a scrum just like in rugby,” he said. “Let us walk forward together, Australia and Japan with no limit. Yes, we can do it.”

Tony Abbott, Shinzo Abe

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a four-day official visit in Tokyo last April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

“In everything we say and do we must follow the law and never fall back into force and coercion,” the Japanese PM said. “When there are disputes, we must always use peaceful means to find solutions.”

In the said visit, Japan and Australia’s economic and defense ties will be strengthen. Japan and Australia are set to boost free trade, cooperation on defense equipment, and technology research and development.

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