On 3rd September 2014, MAJECA received a courtesy call from two Members of Parliament representing the Democratic Party of Japan. They were:-
1) Mr Katsuya Okada (former Minister of Foreign Affairs)
2) Mr Akira Nagatsuma (former Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare)
H.E. Dr Makio Miyagawa, the Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia together with Dr. Kazuhiro Kawase, Counsellor and Chief of Economic Section and Mr Kazuhori Hosoya, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia accompanied the guests from Japan.
The meeting with MAJECA was led by Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA. Members present at the meeting included the following:
1) YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal
Vice President & Honorary Secretary of MAJECA and
Group Executive Director, Farlim Group (M) Berhad
2) YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Michael Yeoh Onn Khen
EXCO Member of MAJECA and Chief Executive Officer/Director of
Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI),
Board Member of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC),
Commissioner in Malaysia’s Competition Commission
3) YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Michael Chen Wing Sum
Advocate & Solicitor, Michael Chen & Co.
former Minister of Housing Local Government & New Village,
former President of Dewan Negara
4) YBhg Tan Sri Ghazzali Sheikh Abdul Khalid
Independent Non-Executive Director, AXIATA Group Berhad
Retired career diplomat
5) YBhg Dato’ Idris bin Kechot
Deputy President, Unit Trust Permodalan National Berhad (PNB)
6) Madam Maimoonah Mohamed Hussain
Managing Director, Affin Investment Bank Berhad
7) Mr Tan Chee Teong
General Manager, Scientex Berhad
The meeting had dialogue on numerous topics of mutual interest to our countries. These include:-
- The advent of Asean Economic Community (AEC)
- The current status of negotiations of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the respective roles that Malaysia and Japan can play to enhance regional cooperation and trade & investment.
- Ageing Population – the situation in Japan and lessons that Malaysia can learn to be better prepared.
- Our common aspirations for regional stability for conducive economic development in the Asia Pacific.
- The role for Public Private partnerships for infrastructure development in Malaysia with Japanese support & competitive sources of funds.
- Malaysia’s offer to invite Japanese partnerships to penetrate 3rd countries especially in the areas of Islamic finance, halal food, logistics and distribution services.