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Boris Johnson has had a meeting with his Japanese opposite number, Yoshihide Suga. According to the No 10 read-out, Johnson “expressed his support for the Tokyo Olympics, and welcomed Japanese efforts to ensure the games can take place safely”. Suga is press ahead with the Olympics even though many Japanese people think they should have been cancelled, and perhaps Johnson sees Suga as a fellow member of the fan club for the mayor in Jaws.
According to No 10, the two leaders also agreed that the deployment of the UK’s Carrier Strike Group to Japan will be “a pivotal moment for UK-Japan defence cooperation”.
The UK-US joint statement (pdf) released yesterday alongside the new Atlantic Charter also said the two countries would convene “the first US-UK bilateral cancer summit” to “share ideas and identify opportunities for collaboration to accelerate advances in lifesaving approaches to cancer, which remains a leading cause of death worldwide”.
Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, has welcomed this as “huge news”.
Huge news from #G7: @10DowningStreet and @POTUS will convene the first bilateral UK/US cancer summit.
Cancer is one of the greatest global challenges – no country can solve it alone. Hope this leads to more collaboration & progress for people with cancer https://t.co/upCwqkcI5A