I have visited Malaysia many times. Every time I visit, I am amazed by the diversity of Malaysia. For example, the modern shopping malls to traditional markets, the culinary delights that reflect a variety of cultural backgrounds, the rich natural beauty of tropical rainforests, beaches, and mountains, and the interactions with people from diverse backgrounds with different customs, are simply beyond words.
In addition to my admiration for Malaysia’s diversity, I am also impressed by the country’s commitment to democracy, free trade, and rule-based orders. I believe that our shared values, such as these, will help us to build a stronger relationship in the years to come.
Last year made 40 years of Malaysia’s Look East Policy (LEP) and this year is the 50th year of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation. These milestones remind us of the shared values that bind the two countries together.
Malaysia is located in a strategically important location in Indo-Pacific, and it is a key transit point for maritime trade. This makes Malaysia an important partner for Japan in both security and economic cooperation. Japan is a major investor in Malaysia. I believe this investment has helped to boost Malaysia’s economy and create jobs.
The region is facing a number of challenges, including climate change and geopolitical tension. These challenges cannot be solved by any one country alone. We need to work together to find innovative solutions.
Japan and Malaysia are well-positioned to be partners in co-creation. We have complementary strengths and capabilities. Japan has a strong track record in technological innovation and environmental technologies. Malaysia has a young, smart, and dynamic population with a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
Together, we can co-create a sustainable and prosperous future for our two countries and for the world. We can develop new technologies to address climate change. We can promote dialogue and understanding between different opinions.
I believe that by working together in a co-creative way, Japan and Malaysia can make a real difference in the world. We can create a more sustainable, prosperous, and equitable future for all.