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    Phl to visit Japan to enhance business

    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III's visit to Japan on Tuesday will further enhance the relations between the two countries in terms of trade and investment, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges, a Philippine diplomat said Monday.
    Charge d’ Affaires of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo Gilberto G.B. Asuque said in an interview with Radio TV Malacanang in Tokyo that Filipino skilled workers, caregivers, and nurses in Japan contribute to the Japanese economy.
    These Filipino professionals have undergone language and skills training to meet Japan’s strict labor standards, he said, adding that the two countries enjoy good relations in terms of investment and tourism.
    Japan has relaxed the visa requirements for Filipinos wanting to go to Japan, and has also adopted a no-visa policy under certain arrangements, he said.
    “Overall, it opens up the interaction between Filipinos and Japanese. With the relaxation of this travel requirement, both nationalities will be able to interact," he said.
    Contributing to this effort is the increased number of flights to and from Japan, Asuque said, noting that there are currently 10 flights a day from the Philippines to Japan and vice versa.
    "These policies will enable the Philippine government to further enhance and improve the bilateral relations between the two countries," he said.
    The President, who will arrive in Tokyo on Tuesday morning, will have a luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before heading to Hiroshima to deliver the keynote address to the Consolidation for Peace for Mindanao Conference.
    During their meeting, President Aquino and Prime Minister Abe will discuss the attainment of a lasting peace in Mindanao as well as assess the maritime disputes between both countries and China.
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