Brunei-Japan relationship hails at Japan Emperor’s 85th birthday celebration

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Minister of Finance and Economy II, Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah (C) and his spouse (R) with Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Motohiko Kato cutting the cake during the Emperor of Japan’s birthday celebrations at The Empire Hotel and Country Club last night. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

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Japanese ambassador to Brunei lauded the longstanding Brunei-Japan relations especially in the energy sector, advancing from just supplying liquified natural gas (LNG) to providing hydrogen to Japan by next year.

Motohiko Kato said Brunei has continued to assure Japan’s energy security since it first started supplying LNG in 1972.

Today, the sultanate has also become a key player for Japan’s plan on hydrogen fuels.

“Hydrogen is a clean energy source that is free from carbon dioxide, and the Japanese government plans to provide hydrogen-fuelled buses for athletes and visitors at the upcoming 2020 Olympics.”

Currently, the construction of the hydrogen facilities in Sungai Liang is still ongoing which completion is expected by the end of 2019, added the ambassador.

He also highlighted that Japanese engineers and businesses are doing their best to help Brunei diversify its economy, with many Japanese counterparts are already working in other non oil and gas sectors in the sultanate.

One of the Japanese businesses that is already present in the Brunei market. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“Our engineers are currently looking into ways on how they can assist Brunei to solve its environmental issues, with the help of Japan’s advanced technologies,” he said.

“In particular, an important topic is how to achieve development in Temburong in an eco-friendly manner,”

“I do hope Japanese green technologies will be used to preserve the beautiful environment while progressing with the important development of that region,” he added.

The ambassador was speaking at the celebration of the 85th birthday of the Emperor of Japan, who will be abdicating from his throne end of April next year.

Guests helping themselves to the food during the Emperor of Japan’s birthday celebrations at The Empire Hotel and Country Club on 03/12/18. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian