Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) speaks as his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe listens during their joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace state guesthouse in Tokyo, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Koji Sasahara/Pool
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull agreed on Friday to drive their security cooperation further, despite Australia's "deep disappointment" in Japan's restart of whaling activities.Abe made the comment in a joint news conference that followed their summit meeting.Abe and Turnbull aim to reach an agreement that would facilitate their militaries' joint operations and exercises as soon as possible, the joint statement issued after the summit meeting said.Turnbull was on his first visit to Japan since replacing Tony Abbott, who had developed tight ties with Abe, in September.He faces a balancing act between Australia's largest trading partner China and its oldest regional ally and second-largest trading partner, Japan, with which it has been bolstering strategic relations.
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