SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Sunday (Dec 4) called on Singaporeans based in Japan to be ambassadors for the city state.
Speaking during a reception to more than 300 Singaporeans in Tokyo, Dr Tan said that for many Japanese, their interactions with Singaporeans in the country will form a large part of their impression of Singapore.
"The friendships you build here reflect and contribute to the broader relationship between Singapore and Japan," said Dr Tan. "At the same time, I encourage you to continue keeping up your ties with your family and friends back home."
There are an estimated 2,000 Singaporeans living and working in Japan, most of them professionals - bankers, lawyers, and students in universities.
Dr Tan is on a state visit to Japan to celebrate 50 years of bilateral ties between the two countries.
On Monday, he will visit the Toyama Nursery School in Shichigahama, Miyagi Prefecture, which was rebuilt with Singapore's help after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.