Japan PM Kishida departs for six-day trip to France, Brazil, Paraguay

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio begins a six-day tour to France, Brazil and Paraguay from Wednesday.

In France, Kishida will attend a meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Japan will chair the talks.

Kishida plans to deliver a speech at the gathering. He will explain Japan's efforts to promote what he calls "a new form of capitalism." The prime minister will stress the importance of maintaining and strengthening a free and fair economic order.

Kishida intends to announce the establishment of an international framework to discuss promoting the use of generative AI and creating rules to address issues.

He is also expected to show Tokyo's willingness to tackle other global issues, including climate change.

Kishida will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron at a working lunch. The two will likely confirm cooperation in the security and economic fields as well as the promotion of human exchanges.

The prime minister will then visit Brazil, which holds the presidency of the Group of 20, and Paraguay for summit talks. Kishida is expected to discuss economic cooperation with their leaders.

In Brazil, Kishida will deliver a speech on Japan's policy towards deeper ties with Latin America and the Caribbean. It has been 10 years since a Japanese prime minister gave such an address.