Japan-Singapore Relations

Japan-Singapore Relations (Basic Data)

June 1, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic relations:

  • Establishment of the Consulate-General in 1952
  • Establishment of the diplomatic relations
  • (Elevation of the Consulate-General to the Embassy) in 1966

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese Nationals residing in Singapore: 36,423 (as of Oct. 2017)
  • Number of Singaporean Nationals residing in Japan: 7,759 (as of Jun. 2017)
Japan-Singapore Trade (Yen: billion)
Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
from Singapore to Japan 727 834 957 811 955
from Japan to Singapore 2,047 2,225 2,403 2,155 2,541
  • (Source: "Japanese Trade and Investment Statistics, "JETRO)
Japan-Singapore Direct Investment (US$: million)
Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
From Singapore to Japan 978 325 1,365 1,842 3,046
From Japan to Singapore 1,566 3,545 8,145 6,779 -18,955
  • (Source: "Japanese Trade and Investment Statistics,"JETRO)

Japan-Singapore EPA

  • Japan-Singapore Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA, November 2002)
  • Protocol amending the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Singapore for a New-Age Economic Partnership (September 2007)

VIP Visits

(1) From Japan to Singapore
Year Name
2002 Prime Minister Junichiro KOIZUMI
Foreign Minister Yoriko KAWAGUCHI
2003 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Tetsuro YANO
Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Heizo TAKENAKA
2004 Minister for Finance Sadakazu TANIGAKI
Minister of State for Information and Technology Toshimitsu MOTEGI
Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Nobuteru ISHIHARA
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Shoichi NAKAGAWA
2005 Chief of Defense Agency Yoshinori OHNO
Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Ichiro AISAWA
Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Heizo TAKENAKA
Chief of Defense Agency Yoshinori OHNO
Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobutaka MACHIMURA
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Shoichi NAKAGAWA
2006 Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Kazuo KITAGAWA
Chief of Defense Agency Fukushiro NUKAGA
Their Majesties Emperor and Empress
Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Yasuhisa SHIOZAKI
Minister for Finance Sadakazu TANIGAKI
Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro ASO
2007 Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs, Science and Technology Policy, Innovation, Gender Equality, Social Affairs and Food Safety, Sanae TAKAICHI
Minister of Defense Fumio KYUMA
Minister for the Environment Masatoshi WAKABAYASHI
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Akira AMARI
Prime Minister Yasuo FUKUDA
Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahiko KOMURA
Minister of the Environment Ichiro KAMOSHITA
2008 Minister of Defense Shigeru ISHIBA
Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahiko KOMURA
Minister of Economy ,Trade and Industry Toshihiro NIKAI
2009 Minister of Defense Yasukazu HAMADA
Chairperson of the National Public Safety Commission Hiroshi NAKAI
Prime Minister Yukio HATOYAMA
Minister for Foreign Affairs Katsuya OKADA
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Masayuki NAOSHIMA
2010 Minister of Defense Toshimi KITAZAWA
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Tatsuo KAWABATA
Minister of State Banri KAIEDA
2011 Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro GENBA
2013 Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio KISHIDA
Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization Akira AMARI
Prime Minister Shinzo ABE
2014 Minister of State Ichita YAMAMOTO
Minister of State Tomomi INADA
Minister of Education,Culture,Sports,Science and Technology Hakubun SHIMOMURA
Prime Minister Shinzo ABE
2015 Prime Minister Shinzo ABE
Minister of Defense Gen NAKATANI
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Taro ASO
2016 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Hiroshi MORIYAMA
Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Keiichi ISHII
Prime Minister Shinzo ABE
Minister of State Yosuke TSURUHO
2017 Minister of Education,Culture,Sports,Science and Technology Hirokazu MATSUNO
Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Keiichi ISHII
Minister of Defense Tomomi INADA
Minister of Justice Yoko KAMIKAWA
2018 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Taro KONO (Foreign Minister’s Meeting when transiting at the airport.)
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Taro KONO
Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Keiichi ISHII
(2) From Singapore to Japan
Year Name
2002 Minister for Foreign Affairs S. JAYAKUMAR
Deputy Prime Minister LEE Hsien Loong
Minister for Foreign Affairs S. JAYAKUMAR
2003 Prime Minister GOH Chok Tong
Senior Minister of the Prime Minister's Office LEE Kuan Yew
Prime Minister GOH Chok Tong
2004 Senior Minister of the Prime Minister's Office LEE Kuan Yew
2005 Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yong-Boon YEO (note1)
Minister of Defense TEO Chee Hean
Minister for Trade and Industry LIM Hng Kiang
Minister for Transport YEO Cheow Tong
Minister for the Environment and Water resources, and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs YAACOB Ibrahim
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister for Foreign Affairs, George Yong-Boon YEO
Minister for Education Tharman SHANMUGARATNAM
Senior Minister for the Prime Minister's Office GOH Chok Tong
2006 Minister for Transport YEO Cheow Tong
Minister Mentor LEE Kuan Yew
Minister for National Development MAH Bow Tan
Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts LEE Boon Yang
Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian BALAKRISHNAN
2007 Minister for Transport Raymond LIM Siang Keat
Prime Minister LEE Hsien Loong (note2), Minister for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yong-Boon YEO
Minister Trade and Industry LIM Hng Kiang
Minister, Prime Minister's Office LIM Boon Heng
Minister Mentor LEE Kuan Yew
Minister for Health KHAW Boon Wan (Special Envoy for the memorial service for the late Kiichi MIYAZAWA)
Minister for Foreign Affairs George YEO
Minister for Defense TEO Chee Hean
Minister for Foreign Affairs George YEO
2008 Minister for Trade and Industry LIM Hng Kiang
Minister for Trade and Industry LIM Hng Kiang
2009 Minister for Finance Tharman SHAMUGRATNAM
President NATHAN (note3)
Minister for Foreign Affairs George YEO
Minister Mentor LEE Kuan Yew
Prime Minister LEE Hsien Loong
Minister for Foreign Affairs George YEO
RADM Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Defense
2010 Senior Minister for the Prime Minister's Office GOH Chok Tong
Minister Mentor LEE Kuan Yew
Minister for Education Ng Eng Hen
Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang
Grace Fu Hai Yien Senior Minister of States
Minister of Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and Transport LIM Hwee Hua
Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister for Foreign Affairs George YEO
Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang
2011 Minister Mentor LEE Kuan Yew
Emeritus Senior Minister GOH Chok Tong
2012 Deputy Prime Minister S Jayakumar
Former Minister Mentor LEE Kuan Yew
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam
Minister for Defense Ng Eng Hen
2013 Emeritus Senior Minister GOH Chok Tong
Minister Prime Minister’s Office, and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry Iswaran
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office & Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Second Minister for the Environment & Water Resources Grace Fu Hai Yien
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
2014 Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew
Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu Hai Yien
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam
2015 Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam
Emeritus Senior Minister GOH Chok Tong
2016 Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian BALAKRISHNAN
Emeritus Senior Minister GOH Chok Tong
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu Hai Yien
President TAN (note3)
Minister for Manpower LIM Swee Say
Senior Minister of States SIM Ann
2017 Senior Minister of States Josephine TEO
Minister for Finance HENG Swee Keat
Emeritus Senior Minister GOH Chok Tong
Minister for Health GAN Kim Yong
Minister for Education(High Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence ONG Ye Kung
2018 Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman SHANMUGARATNAM
Senior Minister of States Mohamad MALIKI bin Osman
Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development Desmond LEE
Minister for Defence NG Eng Hen
  • (note1) Working Visit upon Invitation by Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • (note2) Official Working Visit upon Invitation by Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • (note3) State Visit