Meeting with His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan


By Enrique Peña Nieto

Tokyo, Japan

Today we began a working trip to Japan: an example of productivity and competitiveness. This official visit allows me to seek further exchanges in areas such as tourism, information, automotive and auto parts, electrical-electronics and renewable energy technologies.

At the Imperial Palace, I had the opportunity to hold a private meeting with His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan and Empress Michiko.

The year 2014 will mark the 400 years since the first contact between Mexico and Japan, and forty-nine years ago, Their Majesties visited our country. Since I think it is important to commemorate this link, I invited the Emperor and Empress to visit Mexico next January.

During these four months of my administration, we have witnessed Japanese investment in Mexico, an example of which is JATCO, which announced an investment of $220 million USD in February.

Mexico is Japan’s largest trading partner in Latin America and Japan is the leading Asia-Pacific investor in Mexico. Japanese and Mexicans are strategic partners; we have great economic opportunities to exploit.