Strong relationship: Najib and Abe (right) attending the closed-door bilateral meeting in Tokyo. — Bernama
TOKYO: Japan is prepared to provide further assistance to Malaysia to enhance its maritime safety.
The offer was made by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting between him and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here yesterday.
Speaking at a joint press conference after the meeting, the two leaders spoke about the long history of cooperation between the two countries regarding Malaysia’s maritime safety and security.
“We also welcome the offer made by Japan to help ensure peace and stability in the South China Sea,” said Najib, adding that any dispute involving the area should be resolved through peaceful effort in line with international law and norm.
Najib, who arrived yesterday, is on a two-day working visit to Japan. Today, he is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the 20th Nikkei conference.
On another matter, Najib said Japanese companies were welcome to take part in the international bidding for the planned high-speed train project between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
He said the bidding was expected to be opened soon.
Abe had earlier reiterated Japan’s interest to see its Shinkansen system being adopted for the project.
He had first broached the matter with Najib on the sideline of the special summit meeting between Japan and Asean here in December last year.
Shinkansen high-speed rail system is run by four Japan railway companies, spanning 2,387km of lines with a maximum speed of 320kph.
At the meeting, both leaders also touched on Flight MH370 with Abe expressing Japan’s willingness to provide further assistance to the search mission for the missing plane.
Najib also invited Japanese companies to take part in the construction of energy projects in Malaysia following the increasing demand for energy in the country.