ISLAMABAD - Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar, received Ambassador of Japan Hiroshi Oe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wednesday. The minister congratulated the ambassador on assumption of his new assignment in Pakistan. Views were exchanged on ways and means to further strengthen and deepen the friendly and cooperative relations between Pakistan and Japan, especially in the light of the joint statement issued during President Asif Ali Zardaris visit to Japan. Matters related to enhanced market access for Pakistani products and increased Japanese investment in Pakistan also discussed. Japanese envoy referred to the recent visit of Japans Special Representative and the planned visit of Japans Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Koro Bessho, for political consultations. The minister underscored that Japan was Pakistans major development partner.