Atty. Eusebio V. Tan Receives Imperial Award at Conferment Ceremony

Atty. Eusebio V. Tan, member of the Philippines-Japan Society (PJS) Board of Trustees and adviser of PHILJEC, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon award during a ceremony held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence.

Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa on behalf of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan conferred the award, which recognizes Atty. Tan’s contribution to strengthening the relations between Japan and the Philippines in the economic sector. Ambassador Koshikawa, in his congratulatory message, lauded the many efforts of Atty. Tan in promoting the Philippines as a viable investment location for a diversified manufacturing base which greatly encouraged and made possible the entry of several Japanese investors. Ambassador Koshikawa added that Atty. Tan assisted in the expansion of some Japanese financial institutions into the Philippines so that Japanese business sectors could be financially supported. In 2012 and 2013, Atty. Tan also served as co-chair of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC) and led several bilateral dialogues. To close his message, Ambassador Koshikawa expressed his hope that Atty. Tan will remain steadfast in helping further deepen bilateral relations between Japan and the Philippines.

The Order of the Rising Sun was established by Emperor Meiji in 1875 and is awarded to individuals who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment.



Atty. Eusebio V. Tan Acceptance Speech
Embassy of Japan Facebook Post

Virtual Conference: 47th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting

The 47th ASEAN-JAPAN Business Meeting (AJBM) hosted by The Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC) and by the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), was held last March 10, 2022, through an online webinar platform. A total of 261 attended the Meeting. The theme is as follows: Beyond COVID-19: Envisioning the Future with Digitalisation in ASEAN and Japan.

The opening ceremony began with the welcoming remarks by Mr. Gerard B Sanvictores, Chairman of AJBM Philippines as well as by Mr. Kengo Sakurada, Chairman of Keizai Doyukai. Following this were the guest remarks, keynote speech, and introduction given by H.E Mr. Kazuhiko Koshikawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines; H.E. Mr. Ramon M. Lopez, Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry; and Mr. Nobuhide Hayashi, Chairman of AJBM Japan and former Chairman of Mizuho Bank, Ltd., respectively.

Following the opening ceremony, the first plenary session started with the topic of “Living with Corona”, where the esteemed speakers focused on building a socioeconomic system suitable for living with Corona. The moderator for this session was Mr. Shazali Sulaiman, the founder, and partner of Shazali and Partners. The panelists are as follows:

  • H.E. Dr. Mahendra Siregar, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Indonesia 
  • Mr. Jose Ma. A Concepcion III, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship & Go Negosyo Founder, Philippines
  • Mr. Takuya Shimamura, Director, Chairman, AGC Inc., Japan


The plenary session 2 followed with the topic centered on “Responding to Climate Change: Renewable Energy and Green Businesses”. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Patrick Tang from Singapore under the Mobile & Connectivity Partnerships and META. Esteemed speakers for this session are as follows:

  • Mr. Francis Giles B. Puno, President for First Gen Corporation, Philippines
  • Mr. Luke Tay, Independent Futurist, Strategist, & Food Systems Advocate, Singapore Futures Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School Executive Education programme
  • Mr. Yosuke Kiminami, Founding CEO, RENOVA Inc., Japan

Shortly after the plenary session 2, plenary session 3 with the topic entitled “Start-up & Innovation: Paving the Way to the New Normal through digitalisation” moderated by Mr. Masahito Honma, the General Partner of Incubate Fund Co., Ltd. has started. The discussion was conducted by CEOs from different companies across the ASEAN, these esteemed speakers are:

  • Mr. Supachai Kid Parchariyanon, CEO & Co-Founder, RISE, Thailand
  • Mr. Mohd Atasha Alias, CEO & Co-Founder,, Malaysia
  • Ms. Stephanie Sy, CEO, Thinking Machines, Philippines
  • Mr. Teppei Sakano, Representative Director / CEO, Allm Inc., Japan

In conclusion of the event, the Chairmen of AJBM Philippines and AJBM Japan, Mr. Gerard Sanvictores and Mr. Nobuhide Hayashi, respectively, delivered their closing remarks. Finally, Mr. Yuji Hirako, Chairman of AJBM Japan and President & CEO of All Nippon Airways, Co., Ltd., informed the body that he is looking forward to welcoming everyone at the 48th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting in Japan at a date and venue to be advised in due time.

PHILJEC-JPECC Hold 34th Joint Meeting Celebrating 60 Years of Phil-Japan Relations

The Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc. (PHILJEC) and its counterpart, Japan-Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee (JPECC) held their 34th joint meeting at the New World Hotel in Makati City last February 22-23, 2016.

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties between Japan and the Philippines, this year’s meeting adopted the theme of “Philippines-Japan@60 Onwards,” and served as a forum for the discussion of socio-economic issues and collaborative ideas that will enable the two economies to effectively compete in the global market.

PHILJEC Chairman, Roberto Jose Castillo and JPECC Chairman, Toshiyuki Shiga welcomed key speakers and delegates from respected government institutions and private companies, which included Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary, Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr. and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Kazuhide Ishikawa among other distinguished guests.

“We are profoundly honored that this 60th Anniversary [of the establishment of normal diplomatic relations] was marked at the first month of this year by the visit to the Philippines of their Majesties: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko,” Chairman Castillo remarked during his welcome speech.

Expounding more about the Emperor’s visit in the previous month, Castillo shared, “I, myself, was asked by His Majesty Emperor Akihito to keep helping enhance the business relations between Japan and the Philippines. In my mind and in my heart, His Majesty’s request is a most honorable command to me and to all of us in PHILJEC.”

Discussions in the meeting focused on issues affecting businesses in the Philippines and Japan: The socio-economic and monetary situation in the Philippines and Japan; the promotion of investment in automotive, electronics, power and science and technology industry in the two countries; and possible business collaborations that could help the two nations continue to be globally competitive.



PHILJEC Chairman, Roberto Jose Castillo Opening Remarks
PHILJEC-JPECC 34th Joint Meeting Program
Congratulatory Message from President Benigno Aquino III
PHILJEC-JPECC 34th Joint Meeting Photo Album
PHILJEC-JPECC 34th Joint Meeting Presentations

PHILJEC Co-Hosts JCCI Mission (Jan 31, 2015)

The Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) is dispatching a high-level economic mission to the Philippines on February 4 to 7, 2015.  It is described as the largest contingent of Japanese businessmen to the Philippines in recent years.  The Mission is headed by Mr. Akio Mimura, Chairman of JCCI.  Its schedule is being coordinate by the Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry of the Philippines (JCCIPI), the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC), the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) and the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI).

On February 5, the Mission is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III at the Malacañang Palace.  Thereafter, the group will proceed to the Shangri-La Makati for a luncheon jointly hosted by PCCI and PHILJEC.  In the afternoon, a two-part Dialogue with the Mission will be held where several topics will be discussed:

Part 1 – Dialogue between JCCI and PCCI-PHILJEC on:

  • Development of Infrastructure for the Improvement of the issue of Transportation
  • Cooperation between Japanese and Philippine Companies

Part 2 – Dialogue between JCCI and the Philippine Government on:

  • Investment Climate in the Philippines (Sec. Gregory Domingo – DTI)
  • Fiscal Reform of the Philippines (Sec. Cesar Purisima – DoF)
  • Financial Policy of the Philippines (Governor Amando Tetangco, Jr.– BSP)
  • Investment Opportunities in the Eco Zones (Director-General Lilia De Lima – PEZA)

On February 6, the Mission will tour several industrial estates in Laguna.

PHILJEC Members Attend Nikkei Asian Review Forum (Jan 30, 2015)

Several PHILJEC members attended the recently concluded NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW FORUM IN MANILA held at the Manila Peninsula on 30 January 2015.  Seen at the Forum were PHILJEC Advisor, former Prime Minister Cesar E.A. Virata, former PHILJEC Chairman Atty. Eusebio V. Tan and PHILJEC Trustees JJ Soriano and Philip Sanvictores.

The keynote speech was delivered by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima who revealed the major components of the “Cebu Action Plan” for regional financial integration which will be presented at the APEC financial ministers meeting in September.  He said he had discussed this earlier in Hong Kong and more recently in Davos, Switzerland.

The theme of the Forum was “Countdown to the ASEAN Economic Community: How the Philippines and the Region will Fare:  Opening speeches were delivered by Mr. Naotoshi Okada, Executive Vice-President  of Nikkei, Inc., Mr.  Alfredo Yao, President of PCCI and Mr. Ken Koyanagi, Publisher, Nikkei Asian Review.  After the keynote speech by Sec. Purisima, a panel discussion was held with the following panelists:  Mr. Jayant Menon, Lead Economist, ADB, Mr. Nestor V. Tan, President and CEO of BDO UniBank and Mr. Keisuke Nishimura, Managing Director, Kirin Holdings.  The discussions were moderated by Ms. Gwen Robinson, Senior Asia Editor, Nikkei Asia Review.

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