Future Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to attend the Group of 20 major economies summit from October 30 to 31 in Rome, a government source said on Sunday.
Kishida, however, plans to skip the UN climate change talks from Oct.31 in Glasgow, Scotland, the source said.
The new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, who is due to be elected prime minister at the start of a special session of parliament on Monday, is expected to hold bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden and other world leaders on the sidelines of the G20. Mountain peak.
His planned trip to the Italian capital could affect the dates for the official start of the campaign for general elections and voting.
Kishida plans to dissolve the House of Representatives on October 14 for the election, and government and ruling party sources have speculated that the election campaign will begin on October 26 with the vote and count on November 7.
If this is the case, it would be unusual for a prime minister to travel abroad immediately after the start of an election campaign.
The sources also suspect that the campaign could start on November 2 with the vote on November 14, so that Kishida’s trip to Italy would not coincide with the campaign period.
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