Marcos state visit to Japan in the works – Duterte

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 30) — President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. may head to Japan soon as officials are working on his potential state visit, according to Vice President Sara Duterte.

Duterte told reporters on Thursday this was one of the topics discussed during her recent meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

"[There] was a discussion of the preparations of Japan," Duterte said. "I understand they are working on a state visit for President Marcos sa (in) Japan," she added.

Malacañang, however, has yet to confirm and provide details on the matter.

Duterte recently flew to the East Asian nation—her first overseas trip as Vice President—to attend the state funeral of slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Aside from Marcos' planned visit, Duterte said she and Kishida also discussed Japan's support initiatives for the Philippines, including one for the "Build Build Build" program.

READ: VP Duterte meets with Japanese PM Kishida in first foreign trip for Abe's funeral

Earlier this month, Marcos embarked on his inaugural state visits to Indonesia and Singapore. He also visited the United States for the United Nations General Assembly and other engagements.