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Japanese PM to visit Thailand next week

Japanese PM to visit Thailand next week

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pay an official visit to Thailand next week and hold talks with his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra on bilateral and regional issues.

The newly-named Japanese prime minister will visit the Thai capital on January 17 and 18 to discuss with the Thai lady prime minister at the Government House on issues of economic cooperation, bilateral trade and investment, a senior Thai government official said on Friday.

Topics of mutual interest between the two leaders also include infrastructure development projects in Thailand, anti-flood measures, human resources issues and regional security, according to Thailand's East Asia Affairs Department head Damrong Kraikruan.

"Nevertheless, no military issue will be included on the agenda of bilateral talk. We'll only create an atmosphere of regional peace and constructive cooperation. We will by no means discuss anything which might otherwise be misconstrued or cause international tension," he said.

Thailand remains as Japan's largest overseas investment site in the Southeast Asian region, and Japan has remained Thailand's biggest trade partner with last year's bilateral trade volume amounting to 70 billion U.S. dollars.

Besides, the number of Japanese tourists to Thailand accounted for the third largest, after the Malaysians and Chinese in 2012. An estimated 1.2 million Japanese tourists visited Thailand last year.

The Japanese prime minister is scheduled to visit Hanoi before coming to Bangkok from where he will proceed to Jakarta during his first ASEAN tour.

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