Taoiseach Enda Kenny has begun a five day visit which will focus on enhancing trade and investment opportunities with the world's third largest economy.

Mr Kenny will be accompanied by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney.  

It is hoped that during the visit arrangements will be finalised to secure the re-opening of the Japanese market to Irish beef. 

During the trip, Mr Kenny is expected to meet with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and Crown Prince Naruhito for discussions to improve bilateral cooperation.