Brazil president to visit Japan for talks on stronger economic ties

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will visit Japan later this month for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on enhancing bilateral economic relations, the Japanese government said Friday.

The visit, scheduled for June 26 to 28, will be the first by the head of the country in five years. Rousseff took office in 2011.

The summit is expected to "deepen further the strategic partnership between the two countries in various areas," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

The two leaders are likely to discuss cooperation in food and energy security as well as possible Japanese exports to Brazil of infrastructure such as nuclear power plants, as Abe aims to stimulate Japan's economic recovery by taking advantage of rapid growth in developing countries.

Brazil is a member of the BRICS group of emerging economies along with Russia, India, China and South Africa.

By meeting with Rousseff, Abe will have held talks with leaders from all of these countries over the past three months, except for China, which is locked in a territorial dispute with Japan.