TOKYO, May 23 – The Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will undertake an Official Working Visit to Japan from 23 to 28 May 2022. YAB Prime Minister will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Sri Saifuddin Abdullah; Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali,

Minister of Human Resources, YB Datuk Seri M. Saravanan; Minister of Federal Territories, YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Shahidan Kassim; Minister of Youth and Sports, YB Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu; YB Dato’ Sri (Dr.) Richard Riot Anak Jaem, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to East Asia; YB Dato’ Sri Abdul Rahman Haji Mohamad, Deputy Minister I, Ministry of Rural Development, and senior government officials.

YAB Prime Minister is scheduled to hold a meeting with his counterpart, His Excellency Fumio Kishida. It will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since they assumed office in 2021. The meeting will provide an opportunity for both sides to discuss initiatives to further strengthen Malaysia-Japan long standing relations and multifaceted collaboration.

High on the agenda include the Look East Policy’s 40th Anniversary commemoration, re-establishing people-to-people connection, and post COVID-19 cooperation. The two leaders will also exchange views on the importance of international order and regional stability. Malaysia and Japan will conclude Memoranda of Cooperation in three areas involving the aircraft industry, skilled workers, as well as youth and sports.

YAB Prime Minister will also be hosting engagement sessions with the business community and Keluarga Malaysia Hari Raya celebration in Japan. At the invitation of Nikkei Inc., YAB Prime Minister will attend the 27th International Conference on The Future of Asia, an annual gathering of political and economic leaders and captains of industry from the Asia Pacific region.

YAB Prime Minister will deliver a keynote address on the theme “Redefining Asia’s role in a divided world”. YAB Prime Minister’s attendance at the 27th Nikkei Conference will provide a platform for Malaysia to share ideas and engage in initiatives aimed at greater economic cooperation between countries in the region. The visit reflects the importance of the Malaysia–Japan relations as both countries commemorate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 40th Anniversary of the Look East Policy (LEP) this year.

In 2021, Japan was Malaysia’s 4th largest trading partner with trade valued at RM149 billion (USD36 billion). As of 2021, Japan is Malaysia’s 3rd largest foreign investor in the manufacturing sector for implemented projects valued at RM90.9 billion (USD27.6 billion).

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