- Duterte has accepted PM Shinzo Abe's invite to Japan
- Phil-Japan relations seem to be flourishing, as both leaders hold each other in high regard
- Duterte is also very popular in Japan as well, according to Abe
Despite concerns on the US-Philippine relations after President Rodrigo Duterte allegedly insulted him on television, foreign relations with other countries still seem promising, as President Duterte has responded to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's invitation to visit Japan.
His invite was expressed at the bilateral meeting between Japan and the Philippines, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos. This was confirmed by the Department of Foreign Affairs via a press release.
An invitation to his homeland isn't the only thing Abe has for the Philippines - lately, he has agreed to send over two large-sized partol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircrafts, in the midst of territorial disputes with China. He also promised that Japan will continue to be a part of the socio-economic development and provision of quality infrastructure in the Philippines.
In their opening statements, the Japanese Prime Minister extended his condolences to Duterte for the Roxas Night Market bombing in Davao City. Duterte, in turn, thanked Abe for the Japan International Cooperative Agency's (JICA) assistance to the country, especially in his city.
Duterte also pointed out that the Philippines has been exporting more to Japan than ever before. He noted that the Philippines has been a good partner economy, and that he sees Japan as one of the country's friendly neighbors.
And just as Japan has committed to helping the Philippines attain peace and development in the Bangsamoro region, Duterte has likewise committed to stand by Japan in its Korean Peninsula security matters.
Before the formal discussion on the common issues both countries faced, Abe broke the ice by telling Duterte he is famous in Japan. He added that he was excited to see Duterte in person.
In a Facebook post, the Presidential Peace Adviser Sec. Jesus Dureza said that the Abe's remark made the people inside the room with him laugh.