By Roy Mabasa
Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda has reiterated his country’s commitment to “quality and speedy implementation” of Japan-supported projects under President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build Build Build” program.
Haneda made this pitch during his presentation at the 45th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBC&E) in the historic Manila Hotel last week.
In his presentation entitled “Japan-Philippines Partnership in the Golden Age,” Haneda explained the advantages of quality infrastructure particularly in the areas of disaster risk reduction and transportation projects.
On top of the infrastructure projects, the Japanese envoy told some 800 participants in the event that Japan’s public and private sectors are also joining hands in developing the huge potential of Filipino workers, and forging closer people-to-people ties in tourism.
On the country’s security, he presented Japan’s contribution to the peace and stability in the Philippines through various assistance projects for Mindanao and to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
In the field of sports, Ambassador Haneda hailed Carlos Yulo for winning a gold medal at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, and for qualifying in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
He also invited Filipinos to come and experience Japanese culture through the first-ever “Japan Fiesta” which will be held at the SMX Convention Center Aura on November 9thand 10th.