Cayetano: Japan can be the country’s roadmap for economic recovery

Cayetano: Japan can be the country’s roadmap for economic recovery

By Liza Soriano

Japan (World Economic Forum photo courtesy)

MANILA — Senaor Alan Peter Cayetano said the Philippines can use Japan’s economic success as a “roadmap.”

“Kung gusto nating baguhin ang Pilipinas, the friendship of Japan and the Philippines is very important. The model of Japan na dapang-dapa but within 30 years became one of the strongest economies of the world can be our roadmap,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano, who served as Foreign Affairs Secretary from 2017 to 2018, emphasized the importance of the country’s relationship with Japan due to the two countries’ historical and economic ties.

“Over the years, we found a way to love our enemies and Japan also found a way to go beyond reparations through aid, financing, and technology,” he said.

Meanwhile, the senator also paid tribute to the late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“I’d like to again pay tribute to Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe during the time when the Philippines and the US had a rough relationship under the Duterte administration. The Japanese stepped up and Prime Minister Abe played the role of bridging our relationship with the US,” the senator said. (ai/mtvn)

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