TOKYO (dpa) – Japan is set to ink bilateral aviation accords with Cambodia and Laos to allow airlines to operate regular direct flights between Japan and the two countries, a report said Sunday.
Japanese vice foreign minister Kazuyuki Nakane plans to sign the agreements during his visit to the two countries this week, the Kyodo News agency reported, citing unnamed government officials.
Once the agreements take effect, Japan would have aviation pacts with all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Japan is eager to bolster relations with the member states amid its strained ties with China and South Korea over territorial spats and perceptions of wartime history.
Asean has vowed to enhance connectivity for further development toward a more integrated community in 2015.