TOKYO – Brazilian President Michel Temer met Japanese Emperor Akihito on Wednesday at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace as part of the Latin American leader’s first visit to Japan.
Temer is also expected to interact with Japanese businesses from the country’s foremost trade federation Keidanren, as also with a group of Japanese lawmakers.
Later, he will hold a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, followed by a dinner at the latter’s Tokyo residence, before leaving the country on Thursday.
Temer’s three-day visit is aimed at boosting trade ties between the two countries and attracting Japanese investments for Brazil.
The Brazilian president is accompanied by the Minister for development, industry and trade, Marcos Pereira, Agriculture, Fishing and Supplies Minister Blairo Maggi and Mining and Power Minister Fernando Coelho Filho.
This is the first official visit to Japan by a Brazilian head of State since 2008.
Two previous visits in 2013 and 2015 by Temer’s predecessor Dilma Rousseff were canceled owing to internal problems in the South American country.