Our office held a seminar to introduce Malaysia at the House of Representatives Building in the Diet today. About 100 people attended the seminar.
I gave a speech at the beginning of the seminar: “Malaysia and Japan have had friendly diplomatic relations ever since the end of the Second World War. In particular, I was deeply inspired by Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad’s Look East Policy which he envisaged and implemented when he served as the Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, and again from May 2018 to February 2020. This policy aimed to activate Malaysia’s economy and attract Japan’s investment in the country. Malaysia has continued to grow as one of the high-income countries in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), but in 2020, the country suffered from the coronavirus pandemic like any other ASEAN countries, and its economic growth sharply declined.
Mr. Keiji Furuya, Chairman of the Japan-Malaysia Parliamentary Friendship Association and also a member of the House of Representative, delivered a congratulatory speech through the video calling. Officers in charge of Malaysia in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) delivered speeches respectively on the Future of Malaysia and Japan. Subsequently, representatives of the Malaysian government’s investment agencies appealed to the audience for Japan’s further cooperation in the fields of trade and investment. The seminar turned out to be a true international conference.
This seminar was held at the proposal of Mr. Nikko Doh from Malaysia. He is a very respectable man. He frequently visits my office in the Diet as if he were my secretary, and I treat him like a son. He is already running his own business, and has a longing for a friendly relationship between Malaysia and Japan in the future. He has a concrete plan to build a large-scale ‘Japanese Village’ or ‘Japanese City’ in the East Malaysian area of the Island of Borneo.
I care about and nurture young people with bright and true dreams, no matter where they come from. (Mr. Doh is in the center in the third photo.)