Indonesia, Japan agree to bolster cooperation; Masela, Patimban port and speed train projects agreed

PM Shinzo Abe and President Joko Widodo brief the press after holding a meeting. (Image:

JAKARTA ( – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on late Sunday held bilateral talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Bogor palace. The two parties agree to bolster cooperation in various sectors, including politics, economy, maritime and socio-culture.

“In this meeting, Indonesia and Japan agree to improve cooperation in areas of politic, economy, maritime and socio-culture. Certainly, the cooperation is based on mutual benefits,” President Joko Widodo said after holding the meeting at the Bogor Palace.

As for investment, in the period of January to September 2016, Japan’s investment in Indonesia has reached USD4.5 billion, doubled from 2015.

on political issue, both countries agree to hold Two Plus Two (2+2) meeting, between Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defense of the two countries this year.

Secondly, Indonesia asked Japan to open up its agriculture and fishery sector for Indonesia’s product, reviewing double-taxation issue, improving access for Indonesia’s nurses to work in Japan and kicks off the Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement this year.

Third, according to President, Indonesia also asked Japan to improve air connectivity by allowing Garuda to fly to Los Angeles via Japan.

Fourth, Indonesia and Japan to improve cooperation on infrastructure development, including the development of Patimban Port in Subang, West Java as an alternative to Tanjung Priok port, Masela Block, the Jakarta-Surabaya speed train, as well as cooperation on developing maritime and fishery centers in Indonesia’s outmost islands.

President Joko Widodo added Indonesia and Japan next year will hold 60th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

At the meeting, the President was accompanied by a number of key ministers, namely Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for the Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution, Coordinatign Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Minister for State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. (*)

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