Japan expects Brazil president to visit by end of June

Japan expects Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to visit the country by the end of June for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the top government spokesman said Monday.

The two countries are planning the visit "by the end of the first half of the year," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

The visit, if realized, would be the first by the head of the Latin American country since 2008. Rousseff took office in 2011.

Sources close to the matter said earlier that Rousseff is also planning to visit India and Vietnam during her trip to Asia.

Tokyo has been hoping to discuss enhancing bilateral economic ties with Brazil, with Abe aiming to boost Japanese exports to Brazil and other emerging economies, particularly exports of infrastructure such as nuclear power plants and railway systems, as part of his growth strategy, the sources said.