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PH and Japan envision a developing relationship in space and energy security.

The recent Philippine-Japan Vice Ministerial Strategic Dialogue identified space and energy security as emerging areas of cooperation (VMSD).

Shigeo Yamada, senior deputy minister for foreign affairs at the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ma. The undersecretary for foreign affairs, Theresa Lazaro served as the meeting’s leader. They both reaffirmed their commitment to furthering the two countries’ political and security collaboration.

On Thursday, the Japanese Embassy in Manila reported that “the two countries agreed to continue working together further to develop the strategic alliance between the two countries and make real progress under the Marcos administration.”

In an effort to “make relations more responsive to the challenges of the ever-evolving security environment,” the delegations discussed energy security, space security, food security, cybersecurity, and health issues.

Tokyo and Manila inked a memorandum of cooperation in June 2021 that would serve as a foundation for potential collaborations in satellite development and space industry promotion.

No less than the Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi highlighted Tokyo’s willingness to step up its engagements with Manila on the transition to renewable energy in August 2022.

The VMSD reiterated the continuation of projects on marine domain awareness, enhancing maritime law enforcement competence, and building capacity through various training programs in addition to new and emerging areas of collaboration.

The Philippine side appreciated Japan’s contributions to Mindanao through different socioeconomic programs and the nation’s infrastructural development.

The DFA stated in a separate statement that “these are essential to ensuring that (the Philippines), in particular Mindanao, contributes to the overall peace and stability in the region through strengthening resilience against economic recession and security difficulties.”

The delegations decided to capitalize on the momentum to take the strategic cooperation between the two countries to “new heights,” emphasizing the “rocket start” of bilateral relations under the new governments in Japan and the Philippines.

The summit also reviewed the East and the South China Sea situation, the war in Ukraine, North Korea, the Myanmar problem, and nuclear weapons-related topics.

For the area to gain from the post-pandemic reopening of economies, the two parties “affirmed the necessity of close regional and international cooperation,” according to the DFA.

As both nations get ready for the 50th anniversary of Asean-Japan dialogue relations in 2023, Japan emphasized, among other things, that it still supports Asean processes and Asean centrality.

The most recent meeting occurred on June 14, 2018, in Japan. This is the fifth VMSD between the Philippines and Japan.

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