November 15, 2021
General News

Fruity Indo-Pacific politics, or how Kishi met Lorenzana

Recently, the defense secretaries of Japan and the Philippines agreed on “enhanced defense cooperation.” As Tokyo and Washington would like Manila to join the Indo-Pacific coalition, even mangoes and bananas play a role.

THE headlines were ecstatic: “Japan’s defense chief stuns Lorenzana with PH mementos during meeting” (Inquirer, June 4, 2021).

During a videoconference with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi adorned “his table with Philippine fruits like mangoes and bananas” plus “a scale model of a jeepney” (see figure 1).


Source: Screen capture posted by Defense Secretary Lorenzana on June 3, 2021

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