In a meeting between the two leaders, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that Japan is interested in strengthening cooperation in areas such as agriculture, energy, health, and infrastructure, a Japanese spokesperson said.
“The two leaders concurred on continuing to convene the High-Level Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation in order to elevate the bilateral cooperation to a higher level,” Japanese Foreign Ministry Press Secretary Hikariko Ono told reporters.
The spokesperson also mentioned that Kishida said during the meeting that “the international community needs to oppose unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the East and South China Sea, as well as economic coercion.”
The comment referenced the Chinese incursion of the said territories, which continues to get regular criticism from the Japanese government.
Ever since Marcos was elected, Japan said it already wanted to continue the cooperation between them and the Philippines in areas including infrastructure development, railways, the Subic Bay development, and security and coast guard law enforcement.
Meanwhile, Vice President Sara Duterte announced on her social media page on Wednesday (September 21) that she will attend the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“Inhihayag ni Ambassador Koshikawa ang kanyang paunang pasasalamat sa aking nakatakdang pagbisita sa Japan sa susunod na linggo para sa state funeral ni yumaong [P]rime Minister Shinzo Abe,” Duterte said.
(Ambassador Koshikawa has expressed his gratitude for my scheduled visit to Japan next week for the state funeral of the late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.)
She also said that she would bring her the letters of condolences from her father, Former President Rodrigo Duterte, and President Marcos.
This is the first foreign trip that Duterte will undertake after being elected as the country’s vice president.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has yet to provide details about the trip.
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