Philippine Ambassador to Japan Calls On Japanese Defense Minister Kono Taro

(L-R) Japanese Minister of Defense Kono Taro, Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose C. Laurel V, and Philippine Defense and Armed Forces Attaché to Japan Col. Gleen Albert C. Laguardia.

Tokyo, 28 August 2020 – H.E. Jose C. Laurel V, Philippine Ambassador to Japan, called on Hon. KONO Taro, Minister of Defense of Japan, to discuss developments in PHL-Japan defense cooperation. Both sides affirmed their commitment to foster closer collaboration.

As part of closer defense ties, both sides referred to the recent signing of a contract for a negotiated government-to-government procurement by the Department of National Defense from Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of an air surveillance radar system, in accordance with the Philippines-Japan Transfer of Equipment and Technology Agreement.

The deal, the first of its kind for Japan, plays a significant role in maintaining peace and stability and represents another milestone in PHL-Japan defense cooperation.

Both countries enjoy a strengthened strategic partnership, with security as a pillar in diverse bilateral engagements.