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Japan's Abe pitches for business in Philippines

Personal connection with President Duterte bodes well for economic ties

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks while delivering a joint statement with President Rodrigo Duterte during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Manila, on Jan. 12.   © Reuters

MANILA -- At a business summit at the Malacanang presidential palace on Thursday, several businessmen accompanying Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his visit to the Philippines discussed their expansion plans in the country and expressed optimism for bilateral economic ties, talking up opportunities in manufacturing, exports and infrastructure development. 

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