Japan-Brazil Summit Meeting (Summary)

May 20, 2023
[Provisional translation]

On May 20, commencing at 8:50 a.m. for approximately 60 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a Summit Meeting with H.E. Mr. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, who was on his visit to Japan to attend the Outreach Meeting of the G7 Hiroshima Summit. The overview is as follows.
  1. The two leaders shared the view that cooperation among a broad range of partners is important in addressing challenges facing the international community such as climate, food, development, and peace and stability amid multiple global crises. They also confirmed that they would work together towards the G20 Summit next year, of which Brazil will assume the Presidency.
  2. The two leaders shared the view that great potential exists in bilateral cooperation in the economic field and that the public and private sectors would work together to take trade and investment ties to an even higher level. Prime Minister Kishida expressed his hope for the advancement of Brazil's tax reforms, stating that Japanese companies are also paying close attention to it.
  3. Prime Minister Kishida announced that the Government of Japan would initiate procedures towards the introduction of exemption of short-term stay visa for ordinary passport holders of Brazil.  
  4. Prime Minister Kishida stated that Japan would soon realize a Japanese yen loan worth JPY 30 billion in order to actively support the healthcare and other sectors of Brazil.
  5. The two leaders shared the view that the two countries would also work closely together to protect the environment and to combat climate change. Prime Minister Kishida furthermore expressed his welcome for Brazil's candidacy to host COP30 (30th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in 2025.  
  6. The two leaders exchanged views, among others, on the situations in Ukraine and East Asia. The two leaders also shared the view that Japan and Brazil would work together to lead Security Council reform this year, when both countries serve as non-permanent members of the Council.
  7. The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of fundamental values such as freedom and democracy, and concurred to work together towards the maintenance and strengthening of an international order based on the rule of law.

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