Considering maritime safety and security measures is almost second nature to Japan. Being a nation surrounded by waters, a lot of the country’s technology and budget are allotted to ensure that it is safe from any outside forces, especially its waters. With this knowledge in hand, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has extended assistance to Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najub Tun Razak in ensuring his nation’s maritime safety.
The two leaders met in Tokyo for a two-day visit to Japan to strengthen economic and security cooperation between their countries. Among the things discussed is possible assistance by Japan to Malaysia in its issue of maritime security, which Abe extended to Najib. The announcement was made at a joint press conference where the two leaders talked about their history of cooperation. Najib acknowledged Abe’s offer in his speech, saying, “We also welcome the offer made by Japan to help ensure peace and stability in the South China Sea.” Both also affirmed the importance of exercising peaceful means in resolving disputes in the region and must be dealt in accordance with international laws and norms. Najib was invited to be a keynote speaker in the 20th International Conference on the Future of Asia organized by Nikkei.
With Malaysia’s economy growing, numerous infrastructure developments are happening in the country. One important project Najib is looking at is the construction of a high-speed train that would transport people from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. The country is set to open its international bidding soon and Abe has expressed interest in it with the Shinkansen system run by four railway companies, in mind. The Japanese leader has already touched on the topic with Najib while the two talked on the fringes of a summit between Japan and ASEAN nations last year.
Following the ever rising demand for energy, various construction projects are set to take place in Malaysia and Najib has asked Japanese firms to consider it in their ventures to further cement cooperation between the two.
[via The Star]
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