Japanese and Brazilian leaders agree to protect the Amazon rainforest

Japanese and Brazilian leaders agreed to work together to protect the Amazon rainforest while strengthening efforts to combat climate change, local media said on Saturday.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who arrived on his first visit to Brasilia on Friday, met with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the Tokyo-based Kyodo News Agency reported.

The two leaders also signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement on decarbonization and other environmental issues.

At a joint press conference, Kishida said his country will help achieve carbon neutrality in the world.

“Japan is ready to work with Brazil, this year’s chairman of the Group of Twenty Major Economies (G20), to tackle global challenges,” the agency quoted him as saying.

Brazil will host COP30, the UN climate change conference, next year.

The Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, faced significant deforestation every year during far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s term, which ended in 2022.

Last year, the Brazilian government said illegal logging and deforestation in the Amazon rainforest fell by 22.3% between August 2022 and July 2023.