German Chancellor to visit Japan next week

German Chancellor to visit Japan next week

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit Japan next Thursday to hold talks with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the Japanese government said Friday with Russia's invasion of Ukraine and China's growing influence expected to top the agenda.

At a news conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a news conference that they hope to deepen our relations with Germany, a country with which we share fundamental values and an important partner of ours in responding to global issues.

Germany is now the chairman of the Group of Seven major developed countries, while Japan will take over the chairmanship next year. From June 26 to 28 the European country is set to host the annual G 7 summit at Schloss Elmau, a castle resort in the Bavarian Alps.

Scholz, who took office in December, is expected to attend a dinner party hosted by Kishida during his two-day visit, Matsuno said.

Germany is hoping to show that the G 7 countries are united in promoting common values such as democracy and freedom through his visit to the summit.