Japanese firms create 340,000 jobs in M’sia
Published on: Thursday, February 27, 2020
By: Kan Yaw Chong
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KOTA KINABALU: A total of 340,000 employment opportunities were created by more than 1,400 Japanese businesses operating in Malaysia while Japan also supports Malaysia’s Industry Initiative 4.0 and the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030, said Oka Hiroshi the Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia at the reception to celebrate the Birthday of the Emperor of Japan, Tuesday night.    

Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin performed the Royal toast to the 60th birthday of  Emperor Naruhito at a spirited reception packed with distinguished guests at the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort.

“It is with great honour and pleasure that we host this reception and this is his Majesty Emperor Naruhito’s first birthday celebration in the new Reiwa era that started with his enthronement on May 1, last year as the 126th Emperor of Japan,” said Hiroshi. 

Keeping himself in touch with current affairs, Hiroshi expressed his “profound respect to all those fighting the threat posed by the new coronavirus and that Japan is willing to support all the efforts  in this regard, he said to the crowd among whom include Liang Caide, China’s Consul-General in Kota Kinabalu.

Hiroshi cited the Sabah Biodiversity Strategy as “one of many visible footprints of cooperation between Japan and Malaysia built on a strong bond of friendship, and in Sabah, over 14 years through Japan International Co-operation Agency technical cooperation scheme.” 

“That strategy continues to be the platform of further cooperation between Japan and Sabah for the conservation of Bornean biodiversity and ecosystems,” Hiroshi said. 

In addition, he said: “ Education and human capacity development is the priority area of our co-operation, thanks to the Look East Policy inaugurated in 1982 and re-energised in 2018 both times by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad from which more than 17,000 Malaysians have sought opportunities for higher education  and training in Japan.”

Freedom of navigation is also a priority area of cooperation, Hiroshi noted.

“It is in everybody’s interest that free and safe passage of the Straits of Malacca and adjacent areas is ensured,” he said, citing Japan’s more than 50 years of work with Malaysia, Singapore  and Indonesia, provision of assets and  human capacity development to support the function of the Malaysian Coast Guard, including two patrol vessels in 2017  as grant aid, where Kota Kinabalu is home port of one of the vessels Arau,” he noted.

As Malaysia is the lynpin between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Japan supports the enhancement of maritime connectivity through contributing safety of navigation under the overarching Free and Open Pacific vision.    

In addition, Japan will provide its full support to the Chairmanship of Malaysia to lead the Apec process for a new vision of Apec post 2020, pledged Hiroshi who offered his “deep thanks” to Malaysia which offered “emergency supply of LNG earlier than any country to make up for the loss of nuclear power plants. 

Present include Sabah-based Japanese travel agents selling trips to Japan and also Jica volunteers who work on human capacity development. 


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