PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte left the country yesterday to strengthen partnership with Japan during his official visit to Tokyo from Oct. 25-27.
The Chief Executive and his entourage departed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 at about 12 noon on a Philippine Airlines flight bound for the “Land of the Rising Sun”.
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said earlier that the Philippines and Japan are set to sign 12 business-to-business [B2B] deals worth an estimated $2 billion during the three-day official visit of President Duterte to Tokyo.
Some 200 businessmen will join the president on this trip.
Most of the deals between Filipino and Japanese firms are in the sectors of manufacturing and agriculture, including fruits from the Philippines.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his congratulatory letter sent after President Duterte won the elections, invited him to visit Japan, which the Philippine leader accepted during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 28th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
During his visit to Japan the president will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss matters of mutual interests to both countries.
The bilateral discussions will include security, economic and defense cooperation, infrastructure development, and development projects in Mindanao among others.
As part of his itinerary, Duterte is also set to meet and speak before the top business leaders of Japan, as well as observe Japanese shipbuilding. Malacanang noted that maritime cooperation between Japan and the Philippines continue to progress.