Dr M arrives in Japan for 3-day visit
TOKYO: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has arrived here for a three-day visit, his third working trip to Japan since he became Prime Minister in May.
He was greeted on arrival at Haneda International Airport on Monday (Nov 5) by Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Japanese state minister for foreign affairs Toshiko Abe.
Dr Mahathir will receive "The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers" award from Emperor Akihito on Tuesday (Nov 6) in recognition for his contributions towards strengthening bilateral relations and promoting friendship between Japan and Malaysia.
The Prime Minister is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
High on the agenda is the possibility of Japan extending yen credit in the form of soft loans to help resolve the Malaysian government's huge debt.
The two leaders previously met in June where Dr Mahathir first requested for the yen credit.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, in tabling the 2019 Budget last week, revealed that Japanese government had offered to guarantee up to 200bil yen for the issuance of 10-year Samurai bonds via the Japan Bank of International Cooperation.
On Monday evening, the Prime Minister will be conferred an honorary doctorate by Tsukuba Universiti of Tokyo, for his contributions to advance international exchange in the field of research and education.Related NewsSource: Google News Japan | Netizen 24 Japan