PM to visit Japan from today till May 28

The meeting is an opportunity to strengthen long-standing relations and multifaceted collaboration between both countries


PRIME Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) will be in Japan to meet his counterpart Fumio Kishida from today until May 28.

Ismail Sabri will be accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah, Senior International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, PM’s Special Envoy to East Asia Datuk Seri Dr Richard Riot Anak Jaem, Rural Development Deputy Minister I Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad and senior government officials.

According to a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the meeting is an opportunity to strengthen long-standing relations and multifaceted collaboration between Malaysia and Japan.

“High on the agenda include the Look East Policy’s (LEP) 40th anniversary commemoration, re-establishing people-to-people connection and post Covid-19 cooperation. 

“The two leaders will also exchange views on the importance of international order and regional stability,” it said today.

Moreover, the visit will conclude a memorandum of cooperation in the areas of aircraft, skilled workers, and youth and sports while the PM will also be hosting an engagement session with the business community as well as host a Malaysia Family Aidilfitri celebration there.

He has also been invited by Nikkei Inc to attend the 27th International Conference on “The Future of Asia”, which is an annual gathering of political and economic leaders, and industry captains from the Asia Pacific region where he will deliver a keynote address on the theme “Redefining Asia’s role in a divided world”.

His presence in the conference will allow Malaysia to present its ideas and engage in initiatives aimed at greater economic cooperation between countries in the region. 

“The visit reflects the importance of the Malaysia-Japan relations as both countries commemorate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 40th anniversary of the LEP this year. 

“In 2021, Japan was Malaysia’s fourth largest trading partner with trade valued at RM149 billion. As of 2021, Japan is Malaysia’s third largest foreign investor in the manufacturing sector for implemented projects valued at RM90.9 billion,” the ministry said.