Motegi eyes visit to New York

Japan's Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is considering a visit to New York later this month to hold talks with his counterparts. Foreign Ministry sources say the visit is being arranged to coincide with the UN General Assembly.

Motegi is also expected to chair a foreign ministerial meeting of four countries -- Japan, Germany, Brazil and India -- that are bidding for permanent membership on the UN Security Council. The topics for discussion will include reforming the council, including expanding the body.

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide is not considering attending the UN assembly. Arrangements are being made for him to send a video message instead.

Suga is scheduled to attend a four-way summit with the leaders of the United States, Australia and India to be held on September 24 in Washington. He plans to discuss measures against the coronavirus and the situation in Afghanistan among other issues.

Suga is also expected to hold separate talks on the sidelines of the meeting.

This is likely to be his last visit to a foreign country as prime minister.

Suga will step down as prime minister at the end of this month, when his term as president of the main governing Liberal Democratic Party expires.