• The two leaders welcomed the friendship and trade links between the two countries, and stressed the strong ties between the two societies in the cultural, political and economic spheres.

• The Mexican president said that the growing confidence of Japanese investors is reflected in the expansion of its production plants in this country, which create thousands of jobs, mainly in the automotive and auto parts industries.

Earlier today, at the official residence of Los Pinos, President Enrique Peña Nieto received President of the House of Councilors of Japan, Masaaki Yamazaki, the leader of a delegation of Japanese legislators currently visiting Mexico.

The Japanese lawmakers’ visit to Mexico is in reciprocity for the visit by Mexican senators to Japan in July of this year.

President Peña Nieto and Masaaki Yamazaki celebrated the longstanding friendship and exchange between the two nations. They highlighted the strong links between the two societies in the cultural, political and economic fields and emphasized the mutual solidarity expressed between Mexico and Japan at difficult times.

President Peña Nieto said today that Japan is the largest Asian investor in our country. The Mexican president said that the growing confidence of Japanese investors is reflected in the expansion of its production plants in this country, which create thousands of jobs, mainly in the automotive and auto parts industries.

The Mexican president and President of the House of Councilors of Japan celebrated the conclusion of the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), and agreed that it will be the world’s largest trading mechanism.

They also welcomed the upcoming opening of a Japanese consulate in the city of León, Guanajuato.

Masaaki Yamazaki thanked President Peña Nieto for Mexico’s will to maintain close links with Japan on the basis of the recent reciprocal visits made by the heads of state and parliamentary missions of both countries.

At the meeting, the President was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu; Head of the President’s Office Francisco Guzmán Ortiz; and Ambassador Carlos de Icaza, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

Masaaki Yamazaki was accompanied by legislators Kensei Mizote, Head of the Liberal Democratic Party Bench; Tadayoshi Ishida, Vice Chairman of the Communist Party and Japanese Ambassador to Mexico Akira Yamada.