According to press reports from Jamaica, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is said to be contemplating a visit Jamaica as a leg of his trip to New York late next month.
The Prime Minister will be attending a U.N. General Assembly meeting next month and may seize the opportunity to visit Jamaica in a bid to foster closer relationship with the Caribbean island.
Japan and Jamaica have had diplomatic relationship which goes back to over 50 years.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister (Portia) Simpson Miller met with Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe in Tokyo over a year ago where they held discussions on issues of mutual interest and bilateral partnership.
It is estimated that there are about 316 people of Jamaican descent living in Japan and about 158 people of Japanese descent living in Jamaica.
Abe is seeking to further strengthen cooperation with Jamaica on U.N. Security Council reform.
Jamaica’s ambassador to the United Nations currently serves as chair of intergovernmental negotiations on U.N. reforms.
Sources say Abe hopes that enhanced ties with Jamaica will help Japan win support from Caribbean Community (CARICOM) members on reforming the U.N. Security Council.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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