Prime Minister to reinforce Look East Policy during his visit to Japan

TOKYO: Empowering Malaysia’s Look East policy and promoting the Keluarga Malaysia concept are on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s agenda during his six-day official working visit to Japan, which started yesterday.

The visit is Ismail Sabri’s first since his appointment as Malaysian Prime Minister on August 21 last year.

He is due to meet his counterpart Fumio Kishida, who was appointed Japanese prime minister in October.

“This will be the first physical meeting between the two prime ministers,” said the acting charge d’affaires of the Malaysian embassy, ​​Nor’ Azam Mohd Idrus.

He specified that the meeting would take place on Friday.

On April 20, Ismail Sabri and Kishida held a telephone conversation at the Japan-Malaysia summit, during which the two leaders discussed various regional and international issues.

Nor’ Azam said that among the issues to be discussed at the meeting are bilateral relations between Malaysia and Japan, including cooperation related to Covid-19, the reopening of borders and the establishment of the University of Tsukuba in Malaysia.

The two leaders will also witness the signing of three memorandums of cooperation between the two countries.

These are the Memoranda of Cooperation between the Government of Malaysia and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan on the Aviation Industry, the basic framework of information partnership for the smooth operation of the system regarding foreign human resources with the resident status of “qualified specified”. Worker”, and Cooperation in the Field of Youth and Sports between the Government of Malaysia and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.

Ismail Sabri will deliver a keynote address Thursday at the 27th Nikkei International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo on the theme “Redefining Asia’s Role in a Divided World”.

Nor’ Azam said the prime minister should address efforts to strengthen regional economic integration, strengthen negotiation and cooperation mechanisms, tackle climate change and share the concept of the Malaysian family.

Ismail Sabri will also hold meetings with business leaders and businessmen from several major companies in Japan to attract more foreign direct investment to Malaysia and strengthen bilateral relations.

Among the companies are those that are already well established in Malaysia such as Mitsui Fudosan, Mitsubishi Power and Marubeni. – Bernama