His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has sought to build new partnerships with Japan in renewable energy as well as small and medium enterprise (SME) development.
The monarch held closed-door talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the premier's office in Tokyo yesterday.
During a joint press conference after the meeting, both leaders reaffirmed the strong ties between the countries.
His Majesty expressed his gratitude on the bilateral cooperation between Brunei and Japan, especially in the fields of energy, youth and education, adding that the renewal of the two countries' energy contract earlier this year was as an indication of the existing mutual trust.
"We value our longstanding ties with Japan. Looking forward, we hope to build upon these ties and develop partnership and new industries, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as alternative and renewable energy," said His Majesty at the press conference.
"We also appreciate Japan's continuous efforts in promoting friendship and understanding between our youth. The various programmes brought our youth together and has fostered strong bonds of friendship among them."
Both leaders said they looked forward to more active bilateral relations and those related to the ASEAN region.
The Sultan also expressed his appreciation to the Japanese prime minister on the role Japan has played in the past 40 years in ASEAN community building, and hoped to see more continued ties between the region and Japan.
During the press conference, the monarch and Abe also unveiled a logo which showcased Brunei and Japan's respective national flowers to commemorate and symbolise the flourishing bilateral relations that will reach three decades next year.
Today, both His Majesty and Abe will co-chair the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit where ASEAN leaders and representatives were expected to discuss ways to enhance the partnership between ASEAN and Japan.