On April 1, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting will be held by videoconference sometime in late June. Although Japan had hoped to invite leaders of the island nations to Shima City in Mie Prefecture for the meeting, the plan was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The summit meeting between Japan and Pacific island countries has been held every three years since 1997. This will be the ninth such meeting. The leaders are expected to discuss various issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.