Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (Source: Bernama)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is paying a visit to Japan’s Fukuoka and Oita prefectures from August 6-9, Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, PM Mahathir is scheduled to meet Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan Hiroto Izumi and visit the Kyushu Railway Company Safety Creation Centre, the Groovenauts Inc. Technology Park in Fukuoka and the Ritsumeikan University in Oita.

He will deliver his keynote address at the Japan Future Leaders School and Kyushu Asian Institute of Leadership.

The Malaysian PM is accompanied by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik and Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook as well as officials from Wisma Putra.

The visit will also allow Malaysia to enhance its bilateral cooperation with Japan, especially in the fields of education, technology and transportation, the statement added.

Over the past years, Malaysia and Japan have maintained close relationship in many areas. In early June this year, PM Mahathir chose Japan as the first foreign destination for visiting since he took office in early May.

Japan is Malaysia's fourth largest trading partner after China, Singapore and the US. The ministry said that Malaysia and Japan continue to maintain close bilateral relations in many areas of cooperation, with bilateral trade totalling 138.5 billion RM (32.22 billion USD) in 2017 - a 14.7 percent increase compared to 2016.-VNA