Kazuhide Ishikawa, Ambassador-designate of Japan to the Philippines, has arrived in Manila on September 12.
In a brief statement upon his arrival, Ish
ikawa pledged to further enhance the already existing bilateral relations between the Philippines and Japan through continued cooperation in key areas of mutual interest.
He said, “It is with great honor that I receive my first assignment as Ambassador here in the Philippines. As previous Director-General of the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, I am fully aware of the strategic importance of the Philippines in this region.
“The relationship between Japan and the Philippines has evolved a lot through the years. This is possibly due to the fact that we share many common attributes such as democracy and free market principles,” he continued.
The envoy also lauded the successful partnership under the leadership of both President Aquino Benigno 3rd and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
He added that ODA is the largest donor to the country in terms of “heightened support in regional security and maritime safety, enhanced trade and investment relations taking advantage of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, and continuous support in the peace process in Mindanao.”
“As I take on the role of Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, I hope to make significant contributions that would further strengthen the bilateral relations between our two countries, adding to the legacy of friendship and cooperation arduously achieved by those who have come before me,” he ended.