Japan, U.K. foreign chiefs to discuss regional security on Wed.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday he will hold talks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in Tokyo on Wednesday to brief him on regional affairs and the security policies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government.

The foreign ministerial talks come amid increasing defense cooperation between Japan and Britain, with the two countries having agreed in June to share intelligence and accelerate joint development of some defense equipment.

"I hope to share with Secretary Hague views on which direction future Japanese-British security cooperation should move in, while deepening his understanding of East Asia's security environment and the Abe government's security policy," Kishida told a news conference.

Faced with a changing security environment in the region, such as China's arms buildup and North Korea's nuclear and missile activities, the Abe government has sought to increase Japan's defense spending, set a national security strategy and change the government's constitutional interpretation so Japan would be able to come to the defense of an ally under armed attack.