Courtesy Call on Mr. Katsuya Okada, Deputy Prime Minister, by H.E. Dato' Sri Anifah bin Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia

April 25, 2012

On Wednesday, April 25, Mr. Katsuya Okada, the Deputy Prime Minister, received a courtesy call by H.E. Dato' Sri Anifah bin Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia who was on a working visit to Japan, for approximately 25 minutes from 5:40 p.m. An overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Deputy Prime Minister Okada and Minister Dato' Sri Anifah shared their pleasure of seeing again each other after two years since Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam, in 2010.

  2. Concerning the South China Sea and Myanmar issues, Deputy Prime Minister Okada appreciated that the great advancement in these issues from the situations two years ago was a result of efforts made by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In response, Minister Dato' Sri Anifah stated that the persuasion and support of Japan had significant meaning for the development of democratization in Myanmar and also stated that it would be very important for ASEAN and Japan to continuously support the democratization of Myanmar in a cooperative manner.

  3. Minister Dato' Sri Anifah stated that thanks to the Look East Policy which marks the 30th anniversary this year, Malaysia gained tremendous benefit from Japan and based on that fact, Malaysia would like to revise the Look East Policy for further development. In response, Deputy Prime Minister Okada stated that it was wonderful that friendly relations had been developed between the two countries over the past 30 years and that he would like to further cultivate such a relationship in the future.

(Reference) "Look East Policy"
A policy proposed by Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, then Prime Minister of Malaysia, to learn the work ethics and management philosophy of Japan and other Asian countries. The Government of Malaysia started to dispatch students and trainees from 1982 and approximately 14,000 have studied in Japan so far.

(*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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