October 30, 2017
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte received Mr. Katsuyuki Kawai, Japanese Diet Member and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan on Foreign Affairs, in a courtesy call at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo during his official visit to Japan.
Mr. Kawai was joined by Mr. Shigeru Kitamura, Head of the Cabinet Intelligence.
Also present were Departments of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez, National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez, Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General and Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr., Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go.
In June 2017, Mr. Kawai and President Duterte met at the escort ship “IZUMO” of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces, which at that time was stopping over at the Subic Port. According to a press release from the Japan Ministry of Defense, President Duterte was the first head of foreign state to board the “IZUMO”.
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