Kishida leaves for New York to attend UN General Assembly

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio left for New York on Tuesday to attend the UN General Assembly, after a one-day delay due to a powerful typhoon.

Before departing from Tokyo's Haneda Airport, Kishida told reporters that this year's general debate at the UN meeting is themed on a historical watershed.

The prime minister said he wants to clearly convey Japan's views on a variety of issues, including how to strengthen the UN's functions at a time when the foundation of the international order has been shaken by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Kishida is scheduled to host a summit-level meeting aimed at putting into force the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

He is also expected to have separate meetings with other leaders, including Britain's new Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Kishida said he would like to discuss a range of global issues with them and reaffirm cooperation.

He added that he will deliver a speech at the New York Stock Exchange focusing on his economic policies, including a "new form of capitalism."