Abe, Duterte Agree to Cooperate on North Korea, China


Tokyo, May 31 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte agreed on Friday to cooperate in addressing issues involving North Korea and China.

In their talks at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Abe and Duterte confirmed that their countries will work together to resolve issues linked to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs as well as its abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago.

The two leaders also agreed that Japan and the Philippines will collaborate on realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific region based on the rule of law, in an apparent effort to counter China's militarization of the South China Sea.

Abe welcomed a decision by Manila to lift an import ban on fishery products from the northeastern Japan prefecture of Fukushima, which hosts Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> disaster-stricken nuclear plant.

At a joint press conference with Duterte after their meeting, Abe said Tokyo "will continue to demand the scrapping and easing of other countries' import restrictions and make full efforts to dispel harmful rumors."

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