New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, September 19, to discuss further cooperation between the two nations.

It's the first visit by Jacinda Ardern to Japan as the country's prime minister.

Her visit coincides with the Rugby World Cup opening game between New Zealand's national team and South Africa in Yokohama on Friday.

After the talks Thursday morning, the two leaders said they discussed expanding ties over trade, security, environmental effort and tourism.

Ardern and Abe exchanged rugby balls and named jerseys as they wished each other luck ahead of the World Cup opening. (AP)

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