Japanese FM to visit Philippines, will discuss bilateral ties

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Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. AFP file photo

MANILA, Philippines—Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will be in Manila for two days to discuss bilateral and regional issues with Philippine officials, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

In a statement, the DFA said Kishida will be in Manila from January 9 to 10 for an official visit —his first overseas trip since his appointment by Japan’s newly-elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on December 26, 2012.

The DFA said during his visit, Kishida will meet with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario to discuss bilateral relations, regional issues, and the foreign policy priorities of the new Japanese leadership.

Kishida is also scheduled to pay a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III, the DFA said.

The DFA described Kishida’s visit as an opportunity for both countries to advance a Strategic Partnership under the new Japanese administration.

“Japan is one of only two strategic partners of the Philippines and is one of the most important economic partners in terms of trade, investments and development assistance,” the DFA said.

The minister’s visit comes as both countries are embroiled in territorial disputes with China overs islands and atolls in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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  • truthvslies

    ayun,baka ito yung dahilan kaya biglang lumambot ang mga tsekwa at gusting mag-joint exploration na hindi pa rin katanggap tangap dahil atin ang recto bank. forged military alliance sa japan.we have one common enemy at this point in time.

  • dprotector

    The Philippines could ask Japan about nuclear power. We can learn from their experiences.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W76YPENWLH6HJ65K2BFB75T3PI Andrew Pc

      On how to handle the problem after an earthquake or tsunami struck ?..or ?

      • dprotector

        Japan has the biggest nuclear power plant in the world, the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant with a capacity of almost 8000 MW which will start mid 2013. Wonder why they doing it after the tsunami.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

    go Go Go Japan.

    • kilawon

      Rape rape japenis!

  • 我恨中国人

    any news on this development? Philippines and Japan vs. the red bully (pero hanggang salita lang) – China

  • Albert Einstien

    if japan is PROHIBITED to ARM itself..japan can establish DEFENSE CAPABILITIES here in the RP..better if NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES.& space technology……arm, finance & devolop RP’s defense system and we will FIGHT side by side  with japan in any  war…both race are VISIONARY & PATRIOTIC…….japan has the technology & finance..RP has the youthful huge intelligent manpower…best combination in any war… : > )

    • kanoy

       Japan has no such restrictions as to arming itself it is extremely well armed with a nice fleet of ships as well…since the country….not the politicians,,,got and used the revenue to purchase defense items,,,it just can’t aid via military support other countries

      • Albert Einstien

        Japan’s military is restricted by Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, which renounces Japan’s right to declare war or use military force in international disputes

        japan’s defense itself is dependent to US

        Japan’s Defense Policy and US–Japan Security Relations–Japan Security RelationsIn 1951 when the US–Japan Security Treaty was concluded, Japan didn’t possessany military capability.5 The United States provided the defense and deterrence toprotect Japan, and Japan provided bases for US forces. This was the beginning of theasymmetrical bilateral US–Japan security relationship.From the beginning of the US–Japan Security Arrangement, the US obligation toJapan has been consistent: that is, the US provides deterrence and defense to Japan.Japan has thus been able to maintain its military capability at a relatively  LOW LEVEL  andretains a restricted defense policy with principles such as an exclusively defense-orientedpolicy or non-exercise of the right to collective self-defense5 The United States provided the defense and deterrence toprotect Japan, and Japan provided bases for US forces. This was the beginning of theasymmetrical bilateral US–Japan security relationship.From the beginning of the US–Japan Security Arrangement, the US obligation toJapan has been consistent: that is, the US provides deterrence and defense to Japan.Japan has thus been able to maintain its military capability at a relatively  LOW LEVEL  andretains a restricted defense policy with principles such as an exclusively defense-orientedpolicy or non-exercise of the right to collective self-defense..

        but On 2 August 1990, Iraqi armed forces launched an invasion into Kuwait. The
        international community strongly confronted Saddam Hussein, but because the Japanese
        government had not built a framework for deploying the JSDF overseas during the Cold
        War, Japan could do nothing in Iraq militarily. Eventually, the Government of Japan
        spent $12 billion and deployed JMSDF minesweepers after the cease-fire. These were
        the utmost contributions Japan could make at that time, but international community
        showed almost no appreciation.7

        but that is a loophole…it is NOT RESTRICTED to finance & develop DEFENSE CAPABILITIES of its chosen FRIENDLY nation….. i just HOPE they see my POINT… : > ).

        for sure USA & nato will NOT raise hell but be appreciative of such friendly accommodation….

      • kanoy

         DUH,,,I WONDER HOW THAT GOT IN THERE?

        Japan’s military is restricted by Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, which renounces Japan’s right to declare war or use military force in international disputes

        AND I WONDER JUST WHO WROTE THAT CONSTITUTION?

        In 1947, Allied advisors essentially dictated a new constitution to Japan’s leaders. Some of the most profound changes in the document included downgrading the emperor’s status to that of a figurehead without political control and placing more power in the parliamentary system, promoting greater rights and privileges for women, and renouncing the right to wage war, which involved eliminating all non-defensive armed forces.

        AND WHICH ALLY WAS RUNNING THE SHOW?

        In September, 1945, General Douglas MacArthur took charge of the Supreme Command of Allied Powers (SCAP) and began the work of rebuilding Japan. Although Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the Republic of China had an advisory role as part of an “Allied Council,” MacArthur had the final authority to make all decisions.

        THE US RAN JAPAN FROM UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER 1945 UNTIL IT RAN LIKE GRAVY 1952

  • http://twitter.com/iris19339813 iris

    Japanese historian: Diaoyu Islands belong to China.

    “History and Sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands” by Kiyoshi Inoue

    is available now.

    • kanoy

       THE USA GAVE THOSE WAR SPOILS TO JAPAN 3 TIMES..WW1…WW2…KOREA….
      In WWI , China, suffering as a Western colonial victim, sent 140,000 Chinese Labor Corps to help allies and served on the Western Front. About 2,000 – 20,000 Chinese had died . After WWI , ignoring China , the Western colonial U.S., Britain and France transferred German concessions in China to Japan in Article 156 of Treaty of Versailles , rather than returning sovereign authority to China.

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