Villamor Air Base, Pasay City
February 12, 2023

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. enumerated the outcomes of his productive five-day Official Visit to Japan in an arrival statement upon returning to the Philippines.

In fulfillment of the two nations’ commitment to further strengthen partnership, the President reported that during his meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, he and the Japanese leader have cemented defense and security relations, agriculture, and information and communications technology (ICT) cooperation with the signing of bilateral agreements that provide the framework for enhanced mutually beneficial collaborations in many areas.

As the Administration strives to create an enabling business environment to boost investor confidence, President Marcos Jr. and his Economic Team successfully sealed investment pledges during a series of roundtable meetings with Japanese industry giants that will benefit the sectors of manufacturing, infrastructure development, energy, transportation, healthcare, renewable energy and business expansion, among others.

“Coming back, we carry with us over US$13 billion in contributions and pledges that will benefit our people, create around 24,000 jobs and further solidify the foundations of our economic environment,” the Chief Executive stated.

“From my visit, it was very clear that our Strategic Partnership with Japan has withstood the test of time and is poised for a new decade of mutual trust, mutual support and mutual benefit,” he added.

With over 67 years of relations, Japan remains as one of the Philippines’ important bilateral partners, second largest source of investments, second biggest trading partner, top source of official development assistance (ODA), and second home to around 290,000 skilled and professional overseas Filipino workers.

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