Kazakh president visits Japan to forge stronger business ties

TOKYO: Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan who is on an official visit to Japan, met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday and agreed to collaborate in the trade, economic, cultural and nuclear sectors.

Nazarbayev and Abe issued a joint statement following their meeting and underscored the close cooperation between their countries.

“We agreed to continue active political dialogue, increase contacts at all levels, ensure security of the region, facilitate trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation, as well as collectively work against challenges of the modern world,” Nazarbayev said.

The two leaders also highlighted the fact that 2017 will mark 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Kazakh Investment and Development Ministry and Japanese Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding; and Kazakhstan’s International financial centre Astana and Japanese Securities Dealers Association signed memorandum of cooperation.

Nazarbayev also met with Emperor of Japan Akihito and addressed the Parliament of Japan during his visit.

He was granted the title of Special Honorary Citizen of Hiroshima and an honorary PhD of engineering sciences by the Tokai University.

The Kazakh leader wrapped up his visit to Japan by visiting Hiroshima and paying respects to the victims of the city’s atomic bombing by the United States in August 1945.