Japan PM Kishida plans to attend UN General Assembly next week

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio plans to attend the UN General Assembly in New York next week.

Kishida disclosed the plan in an executive meeting of his Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday. It will be the first time in three years for a Japanese prime minister to attend the UN General Assembly in person.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu said at a news conference that Kishida will actively speak about Japan's stance on global issues, including the Ukrainian situation, UN reforms and nuclear arms reduction.

Matsuno added that arrangements are being made for Kishida to attend a leader-level meeting on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

The meeting will be held during the assembly to build momentum towards facilitating the entry into force of the CTBT.

Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa says he plans to attend the assembly with Kishida.