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The Philippines and Japan signed fresh business deals worth USD6 billion following the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to Tokyo from October 29 to 31, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez shared to Manila-based reporters in a text message.

Abe, for his part, said he was impressed with how the video of his visit to Duterte's house in Davao City previous year gained millions of views.

"I am very happy with Japan's commitment to help Marawi", Ejercito said, adding: "With their pledge to undertake subway project for Metro Manila, it is like a dream come true for me".

After the formalities shown during their joint press statement, President Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared light moments during the official dinner Monday night.

They condemned North Korea's ballistic missile tests and called on parties to open negotiations to put an end to the threat the tests posed.

The two leaders also discussed the situation in the South China Sea, where China is stepping up military buildup.

In his speech, Duterte said that while it was already his second visit to Japan as President, "I must tell you that my personal interest and excitement over this trip has not diminished".

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Duterte said he would likewise extend the Filipinos' appreciation over Japan's "timely assistance" in addressing insurgency in the southern Philippines.

However, Abe believes that the 1.3 million access counts were the testament to the deep, warm, family-like, and brotherly friendship between Japan and the Philippines.

Lopez added that the Philippines, as chairman of this year's ASEAN Summit, has secured Japan's support to reach substantial conclusion of the ASEAN-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the business deals signed involved the manufacturing industry, particularly shipbuilding, iron and steel; agribusiness; power; renewable energy; transportation; infrastructure; mineral processing; retailing; information and communication technology, and information technology-business process management.

"PRRD met several Japanese companies and witnessed several business-to-business memoranda of understanding and letters of intent on investment plans, joint ventures, and expansion of operations in the Philippines", he said.

Lopez said his request to remove the tariffs would be the subject of future discussions.

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