Japanese diplomat visits Philippine Army

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Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan, Yasushi Yamamoto paid a courtesy call to Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto at Army headquarters yesterday, Oct. 8.

The visit was part of Japan and Philippines’ constant efforts to strengthen its bilateral relationship that brings mutual benefits to both countries.

“Our two countries’ cooperation and exchanges should be more upgraded to support the [mutual] understanding,” said Yamamoto who also expressed his gratitude to the Philippine Army in terms of military trainings, “we learn very much from you,” added Yamamoto.

On the other hand, Alberto recalled the recent visit of a Japanese team that inspected Army’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief equipment in coordination with Army’s Engineering Battalion. The collaboration aimed to enhance the command’s abilities in responding to emergencies and rescue operations. “We have lots of disaster coming in the Philippines [such as earthquakes and typhoons], so we have this cooperation with your army. We are planning more activities with you,” said Alberto.

The Philippine Army sees every interaction with its stakeholders as an opportunity to sustain and expand its capabilities in serving the people and securing the land. PHILIPPINE ARMY