Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit Spain on Jan. 7-8 to promote bilateral cooperation for Japanese firms' expansion into Latin America and Spanish companies' foray into Asia, a government source said Wednesday.
Kishida is expected to agree with his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo to consider specific measures for such cooperation, the source said.
The Japanese government sees fast-growing Latin America with close historical ties to Spain as a promising market for Japanese companies.
The Japanese and Spanish foreign ministers are also expected to agree on cooperation in developing renewable energy sources and advanced technologies including nanotechnology and on efforts to accelerate free trade talks between Japan and the European Union.
Kishida intends to seek Spain's understanding on the present Japanese government's policy of making proactive contributions to world peace and stability.
He also hopes to exchange views with the Spanish minister on the Northeast Asian situation where tensions have grown due to China's unilateral establishment of the air defense identification zone in the East China Sea.
After the Spain trip, Kishida will visit France for the first ever meeting between Japanese and French foreign and defense ministers on Jan. 9. He will return home on Jan. 10.