Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s visit to Japan ends today, government spokesperson Yiannis Economou said on Tuesday during a press briefing.
He explained that the prime minister had successive meetings on Monday with the heir to the Japanese throne, with the speaker of the House of Representatives and the prime minister of Japan, while he also met with officials of the National Association of Businesses and Groups of Japan. On Tuesday, he met with institutional investors, addressed a Greek-Japanese business conference and gave a lecture at the University of Tokyo.
He referred to the Greece-Japan Joint Declaration on Strategic Cooperation, signed by the prime minister and his Japanese counterpart, which upgrades bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries in a number of areas of mutual interest. He also detailed the memoranda signed between the two sides and stressed that an agreement was reached on the text of the double taxation avoidance agreement which is expected to be signed within the year.
Economou also referred to the upgrading of Greece’s credit rating by the Fitch rating agency, pointing out that this puts the Greek economy just one step away from recovering investment grade and constitutes another confirmation that the government’s policy is not only correct and responsible but also effective. He pointed out that this was the 12th upgrade for Greek bonds in the 3.5 years that the New Democracy government has been in power.
“We are continuing in this direction and we will be able to achieve more and better things, through which we will be able to improve the salaries of citizens and the standard of living of the Greek economy,” he underlined.