Selangor Journal
(from left to right) Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his spouse Yuko Kishida inspected the First Batallion of the Royal Ranger Regiment’s (Ceremonial Infantry) static guard of honour, upon arriving at the Bunga Raya Complex of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, for his two-day working visit to Malaysia, on November 4, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Japanese PM Kishida arrives for working visit

SEPANG, Nov 4 — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has arrived in Malaysia for a two-day working visit, his maiden trip to the country since becoming premier in October 2021.

The special aircraft carrying Kishida and his delegation touched down at the Bunga Raya Complex of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 7.35pm.

On hand to welcome Kishida were Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Mohamad Alamin and Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Takahashi Katsuhiko.

Upon arrival, Kishida inspected a static guard of honour mounted by 28 officers and personnel from the First Batallion of the Royal Ranger Regiment (Ceremonial Infantry) led by Captain Amirul Akmal Osman.

Kishida is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tomorrow, where both leaders are expected to review the progress of bilateral relations, followed by a luncheon hosted by Anwar.

Both leaders will also witness the exchange of the Memorandum of Cooperation in Information and Communications between Malaysia’s Communications and Digital Ministry and Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry.

“The working visit is poised to strengthen further the already established good relations between the two countries,” said Wisma Putra in a statement issued in conjunction with Kishida’s visit.

It added the visit held special significance as it coincided with the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Asean-Japan Friendship and Cooperation this year.

Malaysia and Japan upgraded their ties from an Enhanced Partnership to a Strategic Partnership in 2015, when Kishida visited Malaysia as Foreign Minister.

Japan has been Malaysia’s fourth-largest trading partner since 2015.

As of June 2023, a total of 2,778 projects by Japanese companies have been implemented in Malaysia, with investments amounting to RM91.89 billion (US$27.43 billion).

— Bernama


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