Dr. Manzoor Afridi (IR Expert): Pak, Japan relations are strong and long-standing. Both countries have commonality of interest on a number of issues. The visit of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will further cement the existing bilateral relations and will also help boost trade between the two countries. Pakistan is a big market for Japanese electronic products and vehicles. Pakistan also exports raw materials and fruits to Japan and exports can be further diversified. The Foreign Minister during his visit to Japan will invite Japanese investors to take benefit of the favorable investment climate in Pakistan and invest in various areas.
Dr. Zahid Anwar Khan (IR Expert): Pakistan always tries for regional peace and stability. Pakistan’s policy regarding Afro-Asian countries is very clear. Pakistan’s relations with Japan are cordial and friendly. The visit of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to Japan will further cement bilateral relations besides open new avenues of cooperation. Pakistan is a big consumer market for Japanese cars and other products. Pakistan needs technology transfer from Japan and can benefit from Japanese experience in industrial technology. As Islamabad is trying to strengthen its economy and overcome various economic challenges, this visit is very important. Coming closer to Japan will help alleviate Pakistan’s economic woes and also increase trade with the Asian industrial giant. Pakistan can also send more of its manpower to Japan to help build its economy.