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WORKING VISIT OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
TUN DR. MAHATHIR MOHAMAD TO FUKUOKA, JAPAN
6-8 AUGUST 2019
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will be undertaking a working visit to Fukuoka, Japan from 6 to 8 August 2019 to attend the 16th Session of Japan Future Leaders School (JFLS). The Prime Minister will be accompanied by wife, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah; Minister of Youth and Sport, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, as well as officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The Japan Future Leaders School (JFLS) is a specialised programme held annually for selected Japanese high school students. The two-week programme is aimed to develop leadership skills among students in various fields of interest through meaningful exchanges with prominent figures. Prime Minister is scheduled to deliver a keynote address entitled “How science and technology will contribute to world peace” at the opening of the 16th Session of JFLS on 7 August 2019.
Apart from the JFLS, Prime Minister will also deliver a keynote address at the Kyushu-Asia Institute of Leadership (KAIL) on 8 August 2019. Founded in 2004, KAIL is a non-profit organisation that provides intellectual and social infrastructure for global educational programmes. Prime Minister will be sharing his thoughts with future business leaders representing various business segments in Japan.
Prime Minister is also scheduled to receive a courtesy call by the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Dr. Hiroto Izumi on 8 August 2019. The latter is expected to update Prime Minister on the latest progress of the Malaysia-Japan bilateral cooperation and other issues of mutual interest.
In honour of Prime Minister’s contribution towards the successful development of Malaysia-Japan bilateral relations, the International University of Japan (IUJ) will be conferring Prime Minister with an “Honorary Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa”. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on 7 August 2019.
The visit by Prime Minister to Fukuoka is expected to further consolidate the Malaysia-Japan bilateral relations, especially in education, economics, and people-to-people connectivity under the Look East Policy 2.0.
Japan is Malaysia’s fourth largest global trading partner in 2018 with bilateral trade recorded at RM132.57 billion (USD32.86 billion). For Japan, Malaysia is its fourteen largest global trading partner, and fifth among the ASEAN Member States after Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore.
6 August 2019