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Defence Minister Richard Marles has sent a clear signal that Australia would like Japan to be included in the AUKUS pact with the United States and the United Kingdom, declaring that security ties between Tokyo and Canberra were becoming “indispensable”.

Both countries have also committed to more complex and sophisticated defence exercises, including potentially rotating Japanese F-35 fighter jets in Australia in the future, in another sign of strategic convergence between the two countries.

Mr Marles and Foreign Minister Penny Wong met with their Japanese counterparts, Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada and Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi in Tokyo on Friday for their annual meeting dubbed the ‘two-plus-two

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