Kyrgyz president seeks stronger ties with Japan

Kyrgyzstan's president has expressed willingness to work for developing ties with Japan in the infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.

President Sooronbai Jeenbekov spoke to NHK in the capital, Bishkek, on Saturday before he leaves for Japan to attend enthronement ceremonies for Emperor Naruhito.

Jeenbekov spoke on China's huge "Belt and Road" project for developing the economies of Central Asian nations. He noted that China is Kyrgyzstan's top investor, with financial participation in more than 40 sectors.

He praised Japan for its advanced technology. He said his government will come up with its own ways to build special relations with Japan.

The president expressed hope for stronger ties with Japan, cashing in on the Japanese government's strategy to strengthen cooperation with Central Asian economies amid China's growing presence there.

In August, supporters of the former Kyrgyz president staged anti-government protests.

Jeenbekov said Kyrgyzstan is now stable and back on the right path, stressing that the incident will have no effect on foreign investment.