The G20 foreign ministers' meeting of 20 major countries began on the 21st in Brazil.

The two-day meeting is expected to include discussions on the situation in Ukraine and the Middle East, as well as reform of international organizations such as the United Nations.

The G20 foreign ministers' meeting opened on the 21st in Rio de Janeiro in southeastern Brazil, with the participation of Japanese Foreign Minister Kamikawa, US Secretary of State Blinken, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, and others.

The first day's meeting, which began in the early hours of the 22nd (Japan time), will focus on exchanging opinions on the international situation, including Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Israel's military operations in the Gaza Strip.

The two-day meeting focused on reforming international organizations such as the United Nations Security Council, which is said to be dysfunctional due to conflicts between major powers with veto powers over issues such as Ukraine and the Middle East. It is expected that discussions will also take place.

Brazil, which holds the Presidency of the G20, is a core member of the emerging and developing countries of the Global South, and places importance on issues related to poverty, inequality, and climate change that these countries face, and will take action at this meeting. I would like to lead the discussion surrounding this.

Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers meet to confirm cooperation on North Korean missile launches and abduction issues

Foreign Minister Kamikawa, who is visiting Brazil to attend the G20 foreign ministers' meeting of 20 major countries, had his first face-to-face meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yeol on the evening of the 21st, Japan time.

During the meeting, the two foreign ministers agreed to work together to respond to North Korea, which continues to engage in provocative actions such as launching ballistic missiles, and also confirmed close cooperation on human rights issues, including the abduction issue.

We also agreed to hold the strategic dialogue held by the vice ministers for foreign affairs, which was resumed last year, and the security dialogue held by the foreign affairs and defense authorities this year.

On the other hand, Minister Kamikawa commented on the fact that the deposit deposited by Hitachi Zosen to the court in South Korea over "requisition" during the Pacific War was given to the plaintiff as funds to be used for compensation, saying, ``It put the company at an unfair disadvantage.'' "This is something that I will inflict on them," he said, expressing regret.

Minister Kamikawa also met with French Foreign Minister Ségernet, and they agreed to continue unwavering support to Ukraine.

He also exchanged opinions on the situation in the Middle East and East Asia, including the response to North Korea, and confirmed close cooperation.