Intellia East Asia News – Japanese Prime Minister Delays Departure for New York to Monitor Typhoon Damage

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will depart for New York on Tuesday, postponing his trip for a day so he can survey damage from a severe typhoon that made landfall in southwestern Japan, the government said.

The prime minister was due to leave Japan on Monday afternoon to deliver a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, in what would be the first general debate speech delivered in person by a Japanese leader since 2019.

The report comes as the large and powerful typhoon is expected to affect large areas from western to northern Japan. It is expected to travel along the country’s main island, Honshu, until Tuesday after making landfall in Kyushu the day before.

During his planned stay in New York, Kishida also plans to hold bilateral meetings with other leaders, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno.

In his speech, Kishida plans to “aggressively convey Japan’s message on global challenges facing the international community,” such as UN Security Council reform, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, according to Matsuno.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20220919/p2g/00m/0na/024000c

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