TOKYO: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs Lee met Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Tuesday (Sep 27), as part of his four-day official visit to Japan.
Mr Lee last met the 82-year-old Emperor in 2013. He was also hosted to tea by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko while on a 2007 official visit.
On Tuesday, Mr Lee and Mrs Lee were hosted to a private lunch at the Imperial couple’s residence within the Imperial Palace grounds. The meeting lasted about two hours.
Mr Lee then had tea with senior Liberal Democratic Party of Japan representatives from the Japan-Singapore Parliamentary Friendship League (JSPFL).
Addressing JSPFL chairman Yasuhisa Shiozaki, who is the current Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, as well as immediate past chairman Kenji Kosaka, Mr Lee thanked them for their contributions to Singapore-Japan relations. Mr Lee also presented a plaque to Mr Kosaka in recognition of his efforts.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong presented a plaque to former JSPFL chairman Mr Kenji Kosaka for his contributions to relations between Singapore and Japan. (Photo: MCI)
Mr Lee is due to attend a reception for close to 400 Singaporeans living in Japan on Tuesday evening.