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Kishida and Lula agree to work together in efforts to address climate change

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has completed a visit to Brazil. He met with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for talks largely focused on tackling climate change.

The two leaders met on Friday. Kishida emphasized the importance of ties with Brazil.

Outside of Japan, the South American country has the world’s largest community of people of Japanese descent.

Kishida said: “I will use these summit talks with President Lula as an opportunity to further strengthen bilateral ties. I have renewed my commitment.”

Brazil will host the COP30 UN climate conference next year.

Kishida and Lula agreed on a plan to help save the Amazon, including measures to prevent deforestation and restore degraded land.

They also agreed on a new bilateral framework to help the world decarbonize. Japan will be able to tap into Brazil’s biofuels and ample natural resources. And Brazil will leverage Japan’s advanced technologies, including hybrid engines.

Elsewhere in the talks, Kishida and Lula pledged to maintain a free and open international order based on the rule of law.