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Jakarta Post

Japan, Indonesia to strengthen ties

  • Novan Iman Santosa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 12 2012   /  11:22 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono sent birthday greetings to Emperor Akihito of Japan, wishing him a long life, health and well-being.

The message was conveyed by Coordinating People’s Welfare Minister Agung Laksono during a ceremony to celebrate the emperor’s 79th birthday on Tuesday evening at the Hotel Mulia Senayan. The emperor was born on Dec. 23, 1933.

Agung said that the Indonesian government and people had high degree of respect for the emperor, who had paid a great deal of attention to Indonesian development.

He added that relations between both countries had reached a strategic level in various sectors.

Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Yoshinori Katori said that bilateral relations had new dynamics and were getting stronger every year.

“Our investment, for example, so far this year has reached some US$1.8 billion — double l...