The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was starstruck to meet the new Philippine President.
This was during the bilateral meeting last September 2016, at the sidelines of the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits at the National Convention Center in Vientiane.
Abe expressed his gladness at meeting Duterte in person for the first time.
Abe admitted that he was excited to meet the Philippine President, saying that President Duterte is quite famous in Japan.
Japan looks forward to further cooperation with the Philippines, as he noted that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the normalization of the diplomatic relationship between the two countries.
President Duterte said he is optimistic that the good bilateral relations between the two countries will continue under his term.
He also expressed the Philippines’ gratitude for Japan’s efforts to condole with the Philippines following the bombing incident in Davao City.
President Duterte, meanwhile, underscored that Japan, particularly its Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA), remains to be the biggest source of official development assistance to the country.
Duterte also said that Japan has been kind enough to extend all the assistance for further development in the Philippines and as a matter of fact, the country exports more to Japan than before.
The President also expressed the country’s support to Japan on the matter of the security in the Korean Peninsula.
Japan has been the Philippines’ top trading partner and the number one source of investments and bilateral official development assistance since 2014.