Strategic Ties with Japan Strengthened

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The strategic partnership of the Philippines and Japan have reached new heights following the first official visit of Secretary Albert del Rosario to Tokyo, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Del Rosario concluded his Tokyo visit yesterday after taking part in series of activities which included a bilateral meeting and official dinner hosted by Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba at the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Iikura Guest House in Tokyo on June 28.

The two officials engaged in comprehensive discussions reviewing key aspects of relations, and affirmed respective commitments to advance the multifaceted bilateral relationship, on the basis of the two countries' shared values and long history of cooperation.

Talks centered on the enhancement of political dialogue, economic cooperation, official development assistance, and business-to-business and people-to-people ties, as well as on the furtherance of bilateral cooperation on shared regional strategic concerns, including maritime security and disaster risk reduction.

Del Rosario also held productive meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Akihiko Tanaka, as well as with major Japanese business organizations, led by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), the Japan-Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee (JPECC), and the International Friendship Exchange Council (FEC).

Deputy Prime Minister Okada received Del Rosario at the Kantei, the official residence of the Japanese Prime Minister.

The two officials reviewed recent positive economic developments in both the Philippines and Japan, exchanged views on regional security concerns, and discussed the advancement of economic cooperation through the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA). …