Japan's FM Kamikawa heads to US for G7 meeting, other events

Japan's Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko has left for the United States to attend a Group of Seven foreign ministers' meeting and other events to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Kamikawa departed from Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Monday morning. She will be in New York until Friday.

Last week, she became Japan's first female foreign minister in 19 years.

Kamikawa has expressed willingness to demonstrate Japan's presence at the United Nations and build trust with her global counterparts.

At the G7 foreign ministers' meeting, Kamikawa is expected to discuss Russia's invasion of Ukraine and China's increasing maritime activities. Japan chairs the G7 this year.

Kamikawa is scheduled to hold talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to confirm their cooperation based on the Japan-US alliance. She will also meet foreign ministers from countries such as Britain and France.

Her itinerary also includes a ministerial meeting on women and peace, as well as a meeting of four countries trying to become permanent members of the UN Security Council. The four are Japan, Germany, Brazil and India.