TOKYO: Japan has consistently ranked among Malaysia’s biggest trading and investments partners.
According to Ambassador of Malaysia to Japan, Datuk Ahmad Izlan Idris, last year, Japan was Malaysia’s fourth largest partners with total trade valued at $32.78 billion. Japan is also one of Malaysia’s main sources of foreign direct investment in the manufacturing sector.
“Japanies companies’ strong presence in Malaysia shows that Malaysia remains an attractive investment destinaton. Close to 1,500 Japanese-related companies have made Malaysia their investment destination of choice,” he said in his National Day message published in The Japan News Today.
Ahmad Izlan said, Malaysia and Japan maintained strong people-to-people and cultural ties.
People-to-people exchanges have been promoted through various programs such as Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange Students and Youths (JENESYS) and the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP).
Various private sector-led youth and leadership programs such as IATSS Forum, have also contributed tremendously to people-to-people contact between Malaysia and Japan.
“On this special occasion, I wish to reiterate that Malaysia will continue to work closely with the Japanese government, parliaments, industry players, academia and other institutions to further advance our friendshop and cooperation for the mutual benefits of our countries,” he added
“This year marks our 59th National Day celebration and also the 59th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Japan. Our relations have indeed grown stradily and substantively over the years,” he added. – Sarawakvoice.com
AWANG BOLKIAH ALI in Tokyo