Scholz stayed in Japan for just over 20 hours – less than the entire flight time. He met Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, attended an economic conference and concluded with a visit to a hydrogen plant on Friday morning. It was only his second long-distance trip as chancellor, following a visit to Washington in February.
Incidentally, Scholz relaxed again for the long flight: he wore jeans and a sweater, just like on his first long-haul flight to Washington. At the time, he received a lot of style criticism because the sweater seemed to be at least one size too big. This sweater fit him much better – and Scholz wore a shirt underneath.