State Visit to Japan of His Excellency Mr. S R Nathan,
President of the Republic of Singapore

May 16, 2009

  1. His Excellency Mr. S R Nathan, President of the Republic of Singapore, and Mrs. S R Nathan paid a visit to Japan as State Guests from May 9 (Saturday) to 16 (Saturday), 2009. (They were received as State Guests from May 11 to 15, 2009 according to the Cabinet Decision on April 10, 2009.)
  2. This was the first state visit to Japan in history by the President of Singapore. Following the visit by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan to Singapore in 2006, the state visit by President Nathan this time signifies the amicable relations between Japan and Singapore, and that both nations recognize each other as valuable partners.
  3. President Nathan and his delegation enhanced the interest between the people of Japan and Singapore, and further promoted exchanges through their visit this time. President Nathan deepened his friendship with Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress as well as with Prime Minister Taro Aso. In addition, His Excellency Mr. George Yong-Boon Yeo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, as a member of the official suite, held a Japan-Singapore Foreign Ministerial Meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone, while the delegation exchanged views with Japanese Diet members.


1. State Guests and Official Suite from Singapore

Led by President S R Nathan and his wife Mrs. S R Nathan, the delegation from Singapore was comprised of ten official suite members including Minister of Foreign Affairs George Yong-Boon Yeo and his wife Mrs. Jennifer Yeo, Senior Minister of State of the Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Education Grace Fu, Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli, and Members of Parliament Mr. Charles Chong and Mr. Seah Kian Peng.

2. Itinerary

(1) As State Guest, President Nathan attended the Welcoming Ceremony held at the Imperial Palace, made a State Call on Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, attended a State Banquet held at the Imperial Palace, as well as paid a visit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the House of Councillors, received a farewell call by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, and received a courtesy visit by Prime Minister Taro Aso at the State Guest House.

(2) Other events they attended included the honorary doctorate conferment ceremony at Keio University, the dinner hosted by the Japan-Singapore Parliamentary Friendship League, the dinner co-hosted by Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City and Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the dinner co-hosted by Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima City and Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the luncheon with the Hiroshima Singapore Association (HSA). Moreover, the delegation paid visits to Panasonic Center Tokyo, Urasenke Tradition of Tea, Sento Gosho (Sento Imperial Palace), Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Itsukushima Shrine.

(3) In addition, an event with the Singaporean community in Japan, a dinner inviting Japanese nationals related to Singapore and a luncheon inviting Japanese nationals that had been received awards by Singapore were hosted in Tokyo during their visit.

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