President Aquino and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a joint news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Tuesday after their summit meeting. Photo by Yuya Shino, Reuters
MANILA - President Benigno Aquino returned to the Philippines late Tuesday night after his one-day working visit to Japan.
After his arrival, Aquino gave a brief recap of his meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
He said his trip was fruitful and the Philippines may benefit as Japan recovers from its slowing economy.
He said the Japanese government will be strengthening its gender empowerment in the country, resulting in more jobs for Filipino women.
Japan will also give technical and vocational training to foreign workers, Aquino said.
He said both countries are expected to benefit from eased visa regulations for Filipino visitors.
Aside from a boost in tourism, the will strengthen the Philippines' relationship with Japan, Aquino said.
Abe told Aquino that Japanese automotive companies expressed interest in putting manufacturing plants in the Philippines.
Aquino also announced that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will conduct a study to improve the transportation system in Metro Manila and nearby areas, including the possibility of a subway system in the metropolis.
Japan has also expressed support for the peaceful resolution of Manila's maritime dispute with Beijing, based on the international law.
Aquino said both countries want security and stability in Southeast Asia.