Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently expressed his support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s mission to bolster national security and infrastructure development.
Through his Special Advisor for Foreign Affairs Katsuyuki Kawai, this message was conveyed to the Philippines on December 17, 2017 during his courtesy call to the President.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Japanese government supports the ongoing projects of the Duterte administration particularly its counter terrorism, Build Build Build initiative and Marawi rehabilitation.
“He stressed further the value of strategic partnership of Japan and the Philippines and in pursuing shared goals for the region,” Roque said.
Roque said Duterte also seeks to strengthen the relationship with Japan for security and development in the country.
Last year, the chief executive went to Japan to meet Abe, describing his visit as “most productive and engaging.”
Duterte said his meeting with Japan’s prime minister was all about intensifying Japan-Philippine ties.
“On top of our agenda is vital support for the centerpiece projects under the Philippines’ Build, Build, Build program,” President Duterte said.
“We want our relations with Japan to grow even more. Japan is our friend closer than a brother; Japan treats us as a sovereign equal,” Duterte added.