Kishida to leave for US to attend UN General Assembly

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is to depart for the United States on Tuesday morning to attend the UN General Assembly.

Kishida believes that the international community is now mired in multiple crises, including Russia's invasion of Ukraine, global food and energy issues and climate change.

During a speech at the assembly in New York, Kishida is expected to stress the importance of cooperation among countries and the need to reinforce the functionality of the UN.

Kishida will also attend a meeting with the leaders of the UN Security Council member states to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

He is expected to reiterate his stance that any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force should not be tolerated. He will also likely call on his counterparts to join forces in maintaining and reinforcing an international order based on the rule of law.

Kishida is eager to build momentum toward a world free of nuclear weapons. On the sidelines of the UN gathering, Japan, along with the Philippines and Australia, plan to host a meeting aimed at urging countries to start negotiations on the proposed Fissile Material Cut Off Treaty. The purpose of the proposed pact, for which a UN resolution was adopted three decades ago, is to ban production of fissile material for nuclear weapons and other nuclear explosive devices.