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The Japanese Prime Minister plans to visit Mongolia in August; Kishida asks for cooperation in negotiations on North Korea


The Yomiuri Shimbun
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida enters the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit Mongolia in early August as part of efforts to hold talks with North Korea over Japanese abductees. according to government sources.

While Mongolia maintains friendly relations with the communist state, Kishida hopes to ask Mongolian President Ukhnaa Khurelsukh for cooperation in advancing talks on the kidnapping issue. The visit was scheduled to take place around the same time as Kishida’s trip to Kazakhstan.

Kishida’s trip would be the first for a Japanese leader since former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit in 2016.

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