PM in Japan to attract investors and strengthen ties

TOKYO: Strengthening Malaysia’s Look East Policy and introducing the content of the Malaysian Family (Keluarga Malaysia) in Malaysia-Japan bilateral relations was the agenda of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob during his six-day official working visit here starting yesterday.

The visit was Ismail Sabri’s first after he was appointed Prime Minister on August 21 last year.

During the visit, he is scheduled to meet with his counterpart Fumio Kishida, who was appointed Prime Minister of Japan last October.

“This will be the first physical meeting between the two prime ministers,” Malaysian Embassy interim manager Nor ‘Azam Mohd Idrus told Malaysian media here.

He said the two leaders would meet on Friday.

Nor ‘Azam said among the matters to be discussed at the meeting were Malaysia-Japan bilateral relations, including cooperation on Covid-19, the reopening of the border and the establishment of Tsukuba University in Malaysia.

Malaysia reopened its international borders on April 1 while Japan has yet to fully do so.

“The visit will also mark the 40th anniversary of Malaysia’s Look East Policy which has had a major impact in strengthening bilateral relations between Malaysia and Japan,” he said.

During the meeting, the two leaders will also witness the signing of three memoranda of cooperation between Malaysia and Japan.

It is a memorandum of cooperation between the Malaysian government and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on the aircraft industry; memorandum of cooperation on the basic framework of information sharing for the proper operation of systems relating to foreign human resources with resident status of “certain skilled workers”; and a memorandum of cooperation between the Malaysian government and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan on cooperation in the field of youth and sports.

Ismail Sabri is also scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the 27th Nikkei International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo themed “Redefining Asia’s Role in a Divided World” on Thursday.

During his keynote address, Nor ‘Azam said the Prime Minister was expected to touch on efforts in enhancing regional economic integration, strengthening negotiation and cooperation mechanisms, cooperation in tackling climate change, and also sharing the concept of the Malaysian Family.

“His (Ismail Sabri) participation will be a platform for Malaysia to share ideas and experiences in various initiatives to determine the future direction of the Asian region,” said Nor ‘Azam.

Ismail Sabri will also hold meetings with corporate leaders and businessmen from several leading companies in Japan to attract more foreign direct investment to Malaysia and strengthen bilateral ties between Malaysia and Japan.

Among the companies are companies that are already established in Malaysia such as Mitsui Fudosan, Mitsubishi Power and Marubeni, as well as those that have the potential to expand their operations in Malaysia. – BK

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