"I want, maybe in the next two years, my country free of the presence of foreign military troops", Duterte told an economic forum in Tokyo, in a clear reference to USA forces, ahead of a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"I do not want to see any military man of any other nation except the Philippine soldiers". "I do not need the arms, I do not want missiles established in my country, I do not need to have the airports to host the bombers".
The Philippine leader's visit to Japan coincides with jitters about his foreign policy after weeks of verbal attacks on the United States, including threats to end military agreements, and overtures towards China.
"Last week in Beijing, Duterte said he was separating from the us and shelving maritime disputes with China", Anthony says.
Russel, the USA envoy, said after meeting Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay on Monday that many people around the world were becoming increasingly anxious about Duterte's tirades.
Duterte has previously said he wants USA troops out of Mindanao because their presence stokes tensions on the island where Islamic militants have waged a decades-long separatist insurgency.
"In particular, we can tap the experience and expertise of Japan in developing high quality and modern public transportation", he said.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that "when the time comes", the Philippines will bring up the Hague ruling on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) with China.
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Duterte is set to meet Abe for bilateral talks later on Wednesday.
Duterte's apparent cosying up to Beijing has both Tokyo and Washington anxious that the commitment under former Philippine President Benigno Aquino to stand up to China in the hotly disputed South China Sea is under threat. The pact allows for a greater USA presence at Philippine military bases and the construction of new facilities within those bases. "President Duterte expressed his appreciation for Japan's continuous support in this field", the joint statement said.
The outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte worries his Japanese hosts.
The Philippine president should respect the consensus he reached with China during his visit last week and avoid being influenced by Japan, domestic analysts said.
Duterte said Tuesday he was not a "lapdog" of the United States, and again voiced anger at American and European criticism of apparent extrajudicial killings on his watch.
Duterte said he believes that Manila and Tokyo share a common belief that "conflicts and problems with other nations must be resolved peacefully, in accordance with global law".
Duterte also attempted to calm worries in Japan over his trip to China, assuring his audience that he was not seeking military ties with Beijing, just a closer economic relationship.
"Well, forget it. If I stay here long enough, one day that EDCA will.", he said, stopping short of saying more but making head movements from left to right as if to say no more.
A scheduled meeting between Duterte and Emperor Akihito was cancelled Thursday due to the death of his 100-year-old uncle Prince Mikasa. "This is a special friendship we hope to keep and continue".