President Benigno Aquino III is scheduled for a state visit to Japan next week, June 2 to 5. During his visit, he will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and will be addressing the National Diet of Japan, the East Asian country’s bicameral legislature.
“The [National] Diet is the highest state organ in Japan, and it is a very good platform by which the President can also put forward what have been the developments in the Philippines over a period of time, and at the same time also the linkages between both countries,” Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Minda Cruz said in a press briefing at Malacañang Friday, May 29.
When asked if the President will discuss West Philippine Sea before Japanese lawmakers, Cruz said “I have not seen the speech yet on that particular side. What I know is it will be really a focus on what has been happening from our side—what has been or how the Philippines has been developing over the years.”
The Foreign Affairs official said it is important for Japan to know what other vast opportunities of business are in the Philippines and what opportunities are there also for people-to-people exchanges.
Aquino will meet Abe to enhance Philippines and Japan’s partnership. “The two will talk about the enhancement of Philippine-Japan strategic partnership, and also exchange views on recent developments in the region,” Assistant Secretary Cruz said.
He will also speak at Nikkei Future of Asia Conference 2015.