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Japan-Malaysia Summit Meeting and Banquet Hosted by Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib of Malaysia
On Thursday, July 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an official visit to Malaysia, where he engaged in a Japan-Malaysia Summit Meeting and attended a banquet hosted by Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib of Malaysia. An overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. Japan-Malaysia summit meeting
On July 25, for approximately 75 minutes from around 4:30 p.m.(local time), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a Japan-Malaysia summit meeting with Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib of Malaysia at the Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia (in attendance from the Malaysian side: H.E. Dato' Sri Anifah bin Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs and H.E. Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry; in attendance from the Japanese side: Mr. Katsunobu Kato, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary and Mr. Shigeru Nakamura, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia). Following the summit meeting, in the presence of the two Prime Ministers, a ceremony took place for the signing of memorandums concerning cooperation related to carbon ion therapy systems and cooperation related to the issuance of samurai bonds.
(1) Bilateral relations
Prime Minister Abe stated that he was happy to be able to pay this official visit to Malaysia as the Prime Minister of Japan after an interval of six years, and he expressed his gratitude for the warm hospitality from the Malaysian side.
The two Prime Ministers shared the view that they would build a new relationship that is in line with the times, utilizing the deep bonds that have been established between the two countries based on the Look East Policy. Prime Minister Najib offered an explanation regarding the “Second Wave” of the Look East Policy, and the two Prime Ministers shared the view with regard to the directionality of this policy.
In the field of economics, the two Prime Ministers affirmed that they would promote cooperation with regard to the development of infrastructure, and they agreed to cooperate in relation to the utilization of Japan's high-level technologies in fields such as high-speed railways, water supply and sewerage systems, and medical care. In the area of medical care in particular, the two Prime Ministers welcomed the advancement of cooperation related to carbon ion therapy systems. The two Prime Ministers also shared the view that they would continue to collaborate with regard to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation meetings being held in Malaysia up to July 25. Furthermore, the two sides welcomed the development of cooperation in the field of finance, including the resumption of negotiations for the conclusion of bilateral swap arrangements.
In the field of politics and security, the two Prime Ministers agreed to strengthen cooperation between their defense authorities and maritime security institutions, and Prime Minister Abe indicated that Japan would continue to provide support to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). The two Prime Ministers shared the view that they would revitalize their defense exchanges, and Prime Minister Abe expressed hope for the preparation of a memorandum between the defense authorities from both sides at an early date. Prime Minister Abe also mentioned that Japan would continue to offer support for the training centers for Malaysia's peacekeeping operations (PKO).
In the field of exchanges, Prime Minister Abe mentioned that Japan had resumed ordinary visa waiver arrangements for Malaysia in relation to JENESYS2.0 youth exchange projects, and the two Prime Ministers agreed on the importance of promoting mutual understanding.
(2) Regional situation
In regard to Japan-ASEAN relations, the two Prime Ministers celebrated the 40th Year of Japan-ASEAN Friendship and Cooperation and shared the view that they would collaborate with regard to the Japan-ASEAN Special Summit Meeting scheduled to take place in Tokyo in December. The two Prime Ministers also exchanged opinions regarding the situation in the Asia-Pacific region.
2. Banquet Hosted by Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib of Malaysia
On July 25, for approximately two hours from at around 8:50 p.m. (local time), Prime Minister Abe attended a banquet hosted by Prime Minister Najib at the Official Residence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The overview of the banquet is as follows (in attendance from the Malaysian side: H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, H.E. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah binti Mansor, the wife of Prime Minister Najib, H.E. Dato' Sri Anifah bin Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and others; in attendance from the Japanese side: Mr. Katsunobu Kato, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary and Mr. Shigeru Nakamura, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, and others).
(1) Remarks by the two Prime Ministers
Prime Minister Najib welcomed the delegation from Japan. He highly praised Abenomics, and expressed his strong expectation that the recovery of the Japanese economy would lead to proactive investment in Malaysia by Japanese companies. Prime Minister Najib added that he hoped that bilateral relations between Japan and Malaysia would be further strengthened based on the strong bonds that have been formed over the past 30 years.
Prime Minister Abe stated that he was very happy to be able to visit Malaysia as the Prime Minister of Japan after an interval of six years, and that the friendly relationship that Japan has had with Malaysia over many years was a valuable asset. He then added that he would continue to promote mutual understanding between the two countries centering on the youth who will bear responsibility for the future, and that he was determined to further strengthen the bonds between the two countries.
(2) Content of interactions
The two Prime Ministers gave explanations regarding the domestic affairs and economic situations of their countries, and they exchanged opinions concerning the situation in East Asia. Prime Minister Abe described the status of discussions and deliberations in Japan on constitutional amendment and the right of collective self-defense. Furthermore, the two sides engaged in discussions in an intimate atmosphere regarding sports and other cultural exchanges.