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The British government has canceled Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s planned visit to Japan in February due to rising tensions over Ukraine and his alleged participation in COVID-lockdown break parties, Japanese government sources said on Monday.

Tokyo and London had been arranging his visit in mid-February for talks with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, but the sources said the British government has canceled the plan.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s planned visit to Japan has been cancelled. | REUTERS

“It is not true that a visit by British Prime Minister Johnson is being arranged,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a regular news conference in Tokyo.

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

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

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