President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Japan early Monday morning for a 2-day official visit, ahead of key regional summits in November.
Duterte left the Philippines late Sunday evening, and arrived at the Haneda International Airport at around 2 a.m.on board a chartered flight.
The President is scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss critical issues, not only relating to the economy but also the tensions in the Korean Peninsula.
The two leaders last met in the Philippines when Prime Minister Abe was in the country for a two-day visit. Abe was able to see President Duterte's residence in Davao City during his trip.
Duterte will also meet with Emperor Akihito and witness the signing of letters of intent between Philippine officials and Japanese businessmen aimed at enhancing bilateral ties.