Japan Prime Minister Kishida in Brazil for summit with President Lula

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has arrived in Brazil. He will hold summit talks with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Kishida arrived in the capital Brasilia on Thursday night, on the second leg of his tour to France and South American countries. It is the first time in eight years that a Japanese prime minister has visited Brazil.

He will meet with Lula on Friday. They are expected to agree to strengthen cooperation in tackling global issues. Brazil holds the presidency of the Group of 20 this year.

Kishida will likely announce Japan's support to protect the Amazon rainforest, as the COP30 UN climate change conference is scheduled to take place in Brazil next year.

The prime minister is also expected to announce a plan to provide financial aid to help prevent deforestation for agricultural purposes and restore degraded land to protect the Amazon region.

Kishida is seeking to deepen ties with Brazil, a leading country of emerging and developing nations, collectively known as the Global South.