Sumary of PH-Japan commit to broaden ties:
- PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte and new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida affirmed their shared commitment to further broaden and deepen their countries’ strong relations, with the Filipino leader calling Tokyo as “unrivaled among our bilateral partners”.
- The two leaders’ commitment was made through a telephone conversation, during which Duterte congratulated the Japanese government for the success of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games, according to Malacañang.
- “Japan is unrivaled among our bilateral partners,” said Duterte, who also recalled Kishida’s visit in Davao in August 2016 when he was still foreign minister.
- Kishida was the first foreign minister received by Duterte after becoming president that year.
- Duterte also said he looks forward to the successful implementation of projects and activities aimed at enhancing Philippine-Japan cooperation in maritime security, particularly maritime domain awareness, maritime connectivity, and preservation of the marine environment.
- The phone call between Duterte and Kishida came a week after the Japanese leader was reelected prime minister by parliament.
- } For his part, Kishida acknowledged that Japan’s ties with the Philippines “have indeed reached its golden age under President Duterte’s administration.