DAVAO CITY — January 11, 2017 — Japanese Prime Minister is expected to arrive in Davao City tonight, 9:45 pm, at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport, in a short visit to President Rodrigo Duterte’s home town.
Duterte himself had personally visited Japan in October last year and invited the Prime Minister back to a visit to the country.
Prime Minister Abe is the first head of state to make a visit to the Philippines during the Duterte administration.
Rumors of Abe’s visit began to float when the Japanese Air Force One landed at Davao’s international airport late last year.
Abe is expected to meet with business leaders in the city in a short meet-and-greet at the Waterfront Insular Hotel.
Meanwhile, Palace officials added that Abe’s wife, Akie, will be making a goodwill visit to Barangay Mintal, which used to house a sizeable Japanese population in pre-war Philippines.
Part of the visit is a trip to the Japanese cemetery to honor the memory of Japanese retirees who have spent their last years in the city.