When Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos last September, he told the latter that he was some sort of “rock star” in Japan. PM Abe then invited Pres. Duterte to visit Tokyo.
This week, Duterte did visit Tokyo and the two leaders reaffirmed both nations’ friendship and strong ties. Duterte calls Japan as a “special friend, most closer than a brother” to the Philippines.
Indeed, the friendship between the two nations and the two leaders became apparent in the photo ops during their meeting. In one snapshot, PM Abe could be seen doing Duterte’s trademark fist gesture along with the Philippine president and the other men in the picture also doing the same thing.
While this does not hold any political significance, of course, Duterte supporters still enjoy seeing the prime minister of Japan doing the trademark fist gesture with him, anyway…
Cheers to more years of friendship!