President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Japan for an official visit from October 25 to 27, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday.
“Upon the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will undertake an official visit to Japan on 25 to 27 October 2016,” the announcement said.
“During his visit, the President will meet with the Japanese Prime Minister. He will also make a State Call on His Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan,” it added.
The visit, first for the controversial Philippine president, is expected to strengthen all the more the relations between Manila and Tokyo.
Duterte first met Abe during an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Laos in September.
The former Davao City mayor is also slated to visit Brunei Darussalam on October 16 to 18 before flying to Xiamen, China, on the evening of October 18.
Reports said Duterte will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on October 20.
Japan had supported the Philippines against China over the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) that overlaps with Manila’s territories.
Abe in Laos allegedly told Duterte that he is very famous in Japan because of his firm stand against criminality, including ambitious programs in dismantling drug addiction in the country.