The agreement envisages sharing of good practices through development of research projects, exchange of material information and expert visits to both countries, the foreign ministry said.
Hayashi will visit Chile as part of a tour of the region that already includes Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Peru before ending in Paraguay.
On this day, he was received by Chilean President Gabriel Boric at the Palacio de la Moneda.
The purpose of the meeting is to strengthen ties with Japan, Chile’s fourth-largest trading partner and Asia’s main investor in the South American country, according to a briefing note from the president.
The president also met with Japanese expatriates and business leaders, with a view to intensifying exchanges in sectors of high interest to Japanese companies, such as lithium, copper or green hydrogen.
According to Okano Yukiko, a spokeswoman for Japan’s diplomatic chief, Japan is closely watching the national lithium strategy announced by Poric and believes that its country’s companies can contribute to mining on a sustainable basis.
The tour takes place during the current presidency of the Group of Seven Asian nation, and issues addressed include the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the war in Eastern Europe and the situation in Asia, the spokesman said.