Kishida Expected to Visit Philippines by Year-End

MANILA – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to visit the Philippines by the end of this year, according to Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko, who made the announcement on July 8.

“It is expected that, by the end of this year, Prime Minister Kishida will visit the Philippines to forge even closer ties and lasting partnerships,” said the Japanese envoy to the Philippines in a speech at the 69th anniversary of the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

“We are also looking forward to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s participation in the upcoming celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship in Tokyo in December,” added Koshikawa.

Kishida’s visit will mark his first official trip to the Philippines as the prime minister of Japan. - Florenda Corpuz

(Photo courtesy of the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan)