October 27, 2016
JAPAN NOW DU30 PARTNER FOR CHANGE
Japan is poised to become a Philippine “partner for change” under the Duterte administration.
During Duterte’s three-day official visit to Tokyo, he encouraged Japanese investors to bring their business to the Philippines, especially in government infrastructure projects.
A tweet from Senator JV Ejercito, who joined Duterte on this trip, showed a meeting with JICA to discuss Philippine infrastructure projects.
Very productive meeting with JICA officials in Tokyo this morning with Sec. Tugade & Sec. Villar. Discussions focused on railway projects. pic.twitter.com/34tPMItpjF
— JV Ejercito (@jvejercito) October 26, 2016
On Wednesday, Japan agreed to support infrastructure and agricultural promotion projects in the Philippines to help economic development.
Last August, Japan announced that its interest in a massive $2.4 billion railway project: the 38-kilometer (24-mile) elevated commuter line would connect Manila to Bulacan. “This is one of the biggest projects Japan has ever embarked upon using the yen loan,” Masato Ohtaka, deputy press secretary for Japan’s foreign ministry, told reporters in Manila.
In Tokyo yesterday, Japan also signed agreements including those for the provision of two coast guard boats and T-90 military trainer aircraft as part of its contribution to step up Philippine maritime security capability.
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