Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka arrived in Manila on Monday (7 January) for a three-day visit to the Philippines at the start of a ten-day tour of South-East Asia.
Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka arrived in Manila on Monday (7 January) for a three-day visit to the Philippines at the start of a ten-day tour of South-East Asia. During his tour Mr. Tanaka is also visiting the Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The tour is aimed at alleviating uneasiness over Japan's economic domination of the region and ensuring continuing raw material supplies to Japan.
Tight security precautions were in force when Mr. Tanaka arrived at Manila airport with his only daughter Makiko. Mr. Tanaka said he was looking forward to a frank exchange of views with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos on how their countries could contribute to Asian peace and prosperity.
President Marcos in a statement said he saw a "new era of productive co-operation and increased commerce" for Japan and the Philippines this decade.
The Philippine Foreign Secretary Carlos Romulo, in a radio and television interview, said he hoped the Japanese Prime Minister would realise that "there can be no development of Asia without Japan playing a principal role." He repeated suggestions that Japan should devise a sort of Marshall Aid Plan to reconstruct Asia similar to the United States plan to help war-ravaged Europe after World War Two.