Japan on Friday welcomed a historic defense pact between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom (AUKUS), which includes the development of nuclear-powered submarines for Canberra.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said at a press conference that Japan welcomed the cooperation between the US, the UK and Australia and the establishment of AUKUS to strengthen engagement with the Indo-Pacific region.

This is the country's first official pronouncement on the pact.

Motegi also welcomed the increased presence of European countries such as the UK and France in the region, citing their participation in joint maneuvers and the recent docking of military vessels in Japan.