Japan’s top diplomat arrives, to meet with Duterte

Paterno Esmaquel II
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is also scheduled to meet with his Filipino counterpart, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr

JAPAN'S TOP DIPLOMAT. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is visiting the Philippines to meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. File photo by Nguyen Huy Kham/Pool/EPA

MANILA, Philippines – Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida arrived in the Philippines on Wednesday evening, August 10, to meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Kishida is also scheduled to speak with his Filipino counterpart, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr, on Thursday, August 11.

On Thursday, too, he is set to hold a joint press conference with Yasay at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.

“It is important to communicate with the new Philippine government. I would like to firmly confirm friendly ties,” Kishida said, according to Kyodo News.

Kishida’s trip to the Philippines comes after US Secretary of State John Kerry also visited Manila from July 26 to 27.

Both the US and Japan have a strategic partnership with the Philippines. This means the Philippines is cooperating closely with both countries when it comes to maritime security, among other things. 

Days before Kerry and Kishida visited the Philippines, Manila won a historic case against Beijing over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The ruling is crucial for the region as the West Philippine Sea dispute affects one of the world’s major trading routes. – Rappler.com

Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.