TOKYO — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will visit Japan this week, the Foreign Ministry said Monday, with a Pacific trade accord without the United States likely to be high on the agenda in her meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Bachelet is also scheduled to meet Emperor Akihito during her five-day visit starting Thursday, the ministry said.
Japan and Chile are among the 11 signatories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade framework that the United States withdrew from when Donald Trump became president. The signatories now plan to sign the new version in Chile on March 8, aiming to bring it into force next year.
“Japan and Chile share basic values and have maintained friendly ties for 120 years as partners spanning the Pacific Ocean,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.
“We hope this visit will further deepen the friendship and trust between our countries,” Suga said.
According to the ministry, Bachelet paid an official visit to Japan in September 2007. She and Abe last held bilateral talks when he visited Chile in July 2014.