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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed Sunday to step up cooperation related to a Group of Seven summit to be hosted in Hiroshima next year when Japan holds the forum's presidency.

Kishida and Scholz confirmed they will seek to deepen defense cooperation between Japan and Germany and make arrangements for the launch of their defense and foreign ministers' meeting under the so-called two-plus-two format, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

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