Brazilian president willing to cooperate with Japan in renewable energy

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has expressed his willingness to strengthen ties with Japan in the global transition to renewable energy.

Lula spoke to NHK and other Japanese media outlets in the capital Brasilia on Tuesday, ahead of a summit with Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio later this week.

Referring to a large number of Japanese immigrants in Brazil, the president said that in every field of activity the Japanese participate with great competence. He added that for this reason, Brazilians are grateful to them.

But Lula pointed out that the commercial relationship between Brazil and Japan is quite small, considering that the two countries together have a population of 300 million.

He said Brazil offers an opportunity for new Japanese investments, especially in renewable energy. He stressed that his country possesses a wealth of critical minerals that could be shared with other countries to help fully decarbonize the world.

Lula also hinted that he hopes to discuss reform of the United Nations Security Council. Lula said Brazil and Japan are part of a group called the G4, advocators for changes in the UN Security Council.