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WORKING VISIT BY PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
YAB TUN DR. MAHATHIR MOHAMAD TO JAPAN
5 – 7 NOVEMBER 2018
Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will undertake a working visit to Tokyo, Japan from 5 to 7 November 2018. YAB Prime Minister and spouse, YABhg Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Malaysia, YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Education, YB Dr. Mazlee Malik, as well as senior governments officials.
YAB Prime Minister will be conferred with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers from Emperor Akihito of Japan. The order is the highest award to be conferred upon foreign statesmen for their contribution towards the bilateral relation between their respective countries and Japan, as well as their contribution to the region. The Emperor will also be hosting YAB PM to lunch.
YAB Prime Minister is also scheduled to meet HE Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan as a follow up to his earlier visit in June and August 2018. The meeting is expected to discuss bilateral and regional issues as well as explore possible areas of collaboration between both countries.
YAB Prime Minister is also expected to deliver a keynote address at the 36th JAMECA-MAJECA (Japan/Malaysia & Malaysia/Japan Economic Association) Joint Conference. YAB PM will also have a session with the Japanese companies attending the conference.
During the visit, YAB Prime Minister will also be receiving the Honorary Doctorate from Tsukuba University and will be delivering a keynote address at Toyo University. YAB Prime Minister’s visit to these universities is part of Malaysia’s effort to attract Japanese universities to set up their overseas branch in Malaysia.
The establishment of Japanese universities overseas branch in Malaysia will enable Malaysian students to have access to the Japanese education system at a much lower cost. At the same time, the students could also learn the Japanese language, values and culture. This could also benefit students from the region.
Japan is a key trading partner for Malaysia. It is Malaysia’s fourth largest trading partner. For Japan, Malaysia is its eleventh largest trading partner in the world, and fourth among ASEAN countries after Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.
4 November 2018