Kenji Kosaka, president of the Japan-Philippines Parliamentary Friendship League said Japan supports Philippines’ stand on its maritime dispute with China. According to him China is insistent for a bilateral negotiation, which according to him is biased.
“Not only through bilateral [talks] but also multilateral discussions or under international law, we should be able to solve these issues, these maritime territorial issues,” Kasoka said. Japan also has a dispute with China; the later is claiming sovereignty on Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands.
Japan also supports the newly signed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between Philippines and US. “We are fully supportive of EDCA. We strongly believe that it will contribute to the stability of the region, so we support it,” said JPPFL Secretary-General Taku Otsuka, a member of Japan’s House of Representatives.
Kasoka and Orsuka with Takeshi Maeda, JPPFL Vice President and Member of the Japanese House of Councillors; Yukio Ubukata, JPPFL Chief Secretary and Member of the Japanese House of Representatives are in the Philippines for a five-day visit.