PM Anwar In Japan To Meet Counterpart, Kishida

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who arrived in Tokyo on Friday for a five-day working visit will be meeting his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida at the latter’s office at about 11 am (local time) on Saturday.

The itinerary shared by the Prime Minister’s Office with the Malaysian media here indicated a hectic schedule for Anwar starting with a pre-council meeting with the Malaysian delegation at 10 am at Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel, where the Malaysian delegation is putting up, before meeting Kishida.

After the bilateral meeting, Anwar and Kishida are expected to witness the signing and exchange of notes of the Official Security Assistance Grant Aid and the memorandum of cooperation on Space Development and Application between the two countries.

Anwar and delegation will return to the same hotel at 12.30 pm to adjourn for lunch with Tan Sri Sasakawa Yohei, Honorary Chair of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

After the lunch function, at 2.30pm there will be a one-to-one meeting with the top executives of three Japanese multinationals —Rohm Wako, Toshiba and Mitsui & Co. A roundtable meeting with the captains of industry in Japan at 4.15pm is also on the cards.

Anwar will wrap up the day with a dinner at 7 pm hosted by Kishida and wife Yuko at the Geihinkan, state guesthouse at the Akasaka Palace, where Anwar is expected to attend with his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

During dinner, the Malaysian Prime Minister will also be accompanied by two cabinet ministers namely the newly minted Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, and Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.

The meeting comes on back of Kishida’s lowest public opinion perception after allegation of corruption was labeled against him and his cabinet. The Japanese Prime Minister has taken a defensive stance vowing to shake up his cabinet and remove ministers.

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