Call on H.E. Mr. Benigno Aquino, President of the Republic of the Philippines by H.E. Mr. Osamu Fujimura, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs (Ambassador on Special Mission)
July 1, 2010
- On July 1, H.E. Mr. Osamu Fujimura, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, who was visiting Manila to attend the Inauguration Ceremony of the President and Vice-President of the Republic of the Philippines on June 30 as Ambassador on Special Mission, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, President of the Philippines, at the Malacanang Palace.
- During the meeting with the President, State Secretary Fujimura transmitted the congratulatory message from H.M. the Emperor of Japan and also expressed on behalf of the Government of Japan congratulations on the inauguration of President Aquino. He also expressed hope that the two countries would further strengthen their partnership under the new administrations on both sides, led by Prime Minister Kan and President Aquino respectively. State Secretary Fujimura further stated that Japan, as the top donor to the Philippines, would remain committed to assisting the Philippines through the ODA (Official Development Assistance), and informed the President that the Japanese government had newly approved a project to provide public schools in Luzon and Visayas region with personal computers(*). Furthermore, State Secretary Fujimura renewed Japan’s commitment to supporting and contributing to the Mindanao peace process.
- In response, President Aquino expressed his appreciation for Japan’s support to the Philippines through ODA and its contribution to the Mindanao peace process. He also stated that his administration would address the task of improving the business environment for the Japanese companies.
- State Secretary Fujimura also referred to the inauguration speech by the President which stressed the importance of education. Both sides shared the view that it is most important for the state to support education to ensure a better future for children.
(*) Note: The project will provide the total of 7,750 desktop computers to 775 public high schools in Luzon and Visayas, giving at least 170,000 students a hands-on experience with computers. 775 teachers are also expected to train themselves in using computers as education material.
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