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Jet-setter President Digong going to Japan to meet the Emperor

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After wrapping up his four-day visit to China this week, the President is going to Tokyo for a three-day state visit on Oct. 25 to 27 in a bid to strengthen the bilateral ties with Japan.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will undertake an official visit to Japan on October 25 to 27, 2016. The visit will build upon the government’s policy thrust of enhancing relations with our neighbors in the region,” said Assistant Communications Sec. Ana Marie Banaag in a press briefing on Friday.

During his visit, the President will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss matters of mutual interest to both countries. The President is also set to make a State Call on His Majesty Emperor Akihito.

It can be recalled that Prime Minister Abe, in his congratulatory letter sent immediately after the President’s election, extended an invitation to visit Japan, which the President graciously accepted when the two leaders met at the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos last September.

“The Official Visit is seen to further bolster the strong strategic partnership between the Philippines and Japan,” Banaag said.

A bold scope of bilateral discussions between the President and Japanese leaders will include security, economic and defense cooperation, infrastructure development and development projects in Mindanao, among others.

Japan has been the Philippines’ top trading and Official Development Assistance partner in 2015 and years prior.