Lorenzana meets with Japan defense minister in Tokyo
MANILA, Philippines – Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana visited Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, April 17.
In a statement released on Thursday, the DND said Lorenzana "reaffirmed" the defense department's "commitment" to the partnership between the countries.
In 2015, the Philippines and Japan signed a defense cooperation memorandum which covered increased exchanges and visits between the two countries' armed forces and more meetings among security officials.
The DND said Lorenzana and Iwaya agreed to "deepen exchanges" towards humanitarian assistance and disaster response. The two also agreed to aid each other in ship repairs and maintenance, and to share knowledge on "airmanship" between their air forces.
Lorenzana's visit comes amid reports of more Chinese vessels intruding into Philippine waters. It is unclear whether matters pertaining to the South China Sea were discussed among the officials.
Lorenzana then thanked Iwaya for Japan's donation to the Philippines of 5 TC-90 aircraft units, spare parts, and maintenance equipment.
Philippine and Japanese defense officials will meet again sometime 2019 in the Philippines, as the country hosts the 6th Philippines-Japan Vice-Ministers' Defense Dialogue. – Rappler.com
In these changing times, courage and clarity become even more important.
Take discussions to the next level with Rappler PLUS — your platform for deeper insights, closer collaboration, and meaningful action.
Sign up today and access exclusive content, events, and workshops curated especially for those who crave clarity and collaboration in an intelligent, action-oriented community.
As an added bonus, we’re also giving a free 1-year Booky Prime membership for the next 200 subscribers.
You can also support Rappler without a PLUS membership. Help us stay free and independent by making a donation: https://www.rappler.com/crowdfunding. Every contribution counts.