Tokyo, Japan – It has been a month since the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited China to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the China-Japan Economic Corridor (CJEC), a $15 billion investment in infrastructure and trade that was seen as a landmark in the country’s relations with China.
Abe visited China on January 8, 2020 to sign a $50 billion deal to develop the Chinese market, the first time Japan has done so with China, which is currently the largest buyer of Japanese goods.
On January 14, the PM, who has been vocal in his desire to revive Japan’s image in the international community, arrived in Shanghai.
He is expected to deliver a speech on the CZEC in which he will reaffirm Japan’s commitment to a “one-China” policy, saying that Japan is “always open for China and will not lose face in our friendship” with the country.
However, the visit has also been dogged by questions over what to do with the billboards advertising the CPEC.
The billboards are currently displayed in a number of Japanese cities and cities in China, but there is a growing debate over whether or not they should be removed and where to put them.
On January 22, Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe is scheduled to deliver his speech at the Shanghai International Forum on Cooperation and Cooperation in Asia (SIFFAC) conference.
The Japanese leader has been widely criticised by Chinese President Xi Jinping for his failure to deliver on the ambitious deal.
According to the latest data from the Japan Trade Association, billboard prices are the highest in the world, at nearly 3,200,000 yuan ($44,600).
In Tokyo, the top 10 billboards prices in China are: