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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

October 25, 2016 (PM)

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Simultaneous interpretation services for this video are provided by a third party.

Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]


REPORTER: I have a question related to President Duterte of the Philippines. In an interview regarding his visit to Japan, the President stated that he has a special place in his heart for Japan, and that he wishes the Japanese people to know that Japan is dear to him like a brother. Conversely, what is the Japanese Government’s analysis of President Duterte as a politician?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: First of all, Japan and the Philippines enjoy close economic relations, and over the years Japan has contributed to the economic development of the Philippines through assistance provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and other channels. The Government attaches importance to the Duterte administration, and will continue to proactively support the growth of the Philippines, including in the areas of infrastructure development, maritime security, and assistance to Mindanao. I believe it is not appropriate for the Government to answer your question regarding the leader of another country. Japan will take this opportunity of the President’s visit to Japan to further deepen the ties and partnership between the two countries. We hope to make it a meaningful opportunity.


REPORTER: I have a related question. Japan is currently the largest donor to the Philippines. Meanwhile, China has announced that it will strengthen its economic cooperation for the Philippines and is increasing its presence. What are your thoughts on the importance of strengthening Japan-Philippines economic relations under these circumstances?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: Thus far Japan and the Philippines have enjoyed extremely close economic relations, and Japan has contributed to the economic development of the Philippines through JICA and other channels. At the same time, the two countries agreed at the previous summit meeting that they would address the South China Sea issue in coordination with each other. In this sense, we hope the President’s visit to Japan will provide an impetus to making further progress on these efforts.


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