TOKYO: Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Tuesday (Nov 29) arrived in Japan for a nine-day state visit commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relations between both countries.
On the first day of his trip, Dr Tan visited Miraikan – also known as the Future Museum – by Japan's Science and Technology Agency.
The 40,000 square-metre museum houses many attractions, including Asimo, automaker Honda's most advanced two-legged robot, as well as the Geo-Cosmos, a globe that projects how Earth looks like in space in almost real-time data. The spherical image is complete with changing weather patterns, vegetation and more, and is made up of tiny organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels.
Dr Tan also visited one of the labs by the Superhuman Sports Society, a group of researchers and designers trying to create new forms of sports with wearable technology. It features a wheelchair that could help users “dance”.
President Tan later visited consumer giant Panasonic's headquarters to find out about its latest innovations. Panasonic Singapore is regional headquarters for its Southeast Asian operations.
The President will be hosted to a state dinner by Emperor Akihito on Wednesday.