From August 30 to September 1, 2016, H.E. Natsuo Yamaguchi, President of New Komeito Party, the principal partner of the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, paid an official visit to Panama, accompanied by H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama in Japan.
This visit has started with an inspection tour to the new Cocoli locks of Canal zone, as well as current Miraflores locks, where he had an opportunity to operate the system of one of the locks from control tower.
He also paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Roberto Roy, Minister of Canal Affairs and the CEO of Metro of Panama, to know the progress of the Line-3 Project of Panama, which is financed by the Government of Japan.
After the visit of Minister Roy, President Yamaguchi transferred to the National Assembly, where was greeted by Mr. Rubén De León, President of the National Assembly. Later on, President De León, with the presence of President Yamaguchi, had handed to Ambassador of Japan in Panama the list of the Diet members of Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League Panama chapter, with the object of strengthening political as well as legislative relationship between Parliaments of both countries.
Immediately after the visit to the National Assembly, the Diet member of the Panamanian Parliament offered a lunch in honor of President Yamaguchi.
The visit continued with a visit to H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapié, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, aiming to exchange opinions about bilateral matters and interests of both countries, where the Vice-Minister took the opportunity to inform to President Yamaguchi regarding the progress of Panama fiscal transparency, in accordance with the regulations of Organization for Economic Corporation and Development (OECD).
President Yamaguchi concluded his visit and tour with a courtesy visit to H.E. President of the Republic of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, where President Yamaguchi delivered a letter from Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, to President Varela. President Varela expressed his gratitude to this visit, the financial corporation of Japan for Line-3 project of Panama, and also the sign of Tax Information Exchange Agreement between both countries.