Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s visit to the Philippines, including his speech before a joint session of Congress, is highly anticipated, according to House Speaker Martin Romualdez. The two-day visit, scheduled for November 3 and 4, is expected to further strengthen the diplomatic alliance between Japan and the Philippines. Romualdez expressed his warm welcome to Prime Minister Kishida, stating that the House of Representatives is committed to ensuring a fruitful and memorable visit. The joint session, considered a special session, will bring together House members and senators, even though Congress is currently on a legislative break. Romualdez believes that the discussions during Kishida’s visit will open up new avenues for collaboration and development, benefiting the citizens of both nations. The visit is also an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations and contribute to global peace and prosperity. Romualdez emphasized the deep bond between the Philippines and Japan, built on mutual respect, shared values, and a unified vision for the Asia-Pacific region. He extended his heartfelt appreciation to Prime Minister Kishida and wished him a successful and impactful visit.