Pacific Islands Forum leaders are in Japan to attend the fourth Japan-Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Okinawa.
Japan has invited the leaders to discuss its assistance with security, environment, education, health and economic growth.
The two day PALM summit, which is held every three years, begins today.
The meeting is hosted by Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, and the secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Greg Urwin, is also attending.
New Zealand is represented by its foreign minister, Winston Peters.