SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam will make a state visit to Japan from Nov 28 to Dec 6 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Japan.
This is his first state visit to Japan, and the second ever by a Singapore president. During the visit, Dr Tan will visit Tokyo, Kyoto and Miyagi.
In Tokyo, Dr Tan will have an audience with and be hosted to a state banquet by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Dr Tan will also meet Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will host Dr Tan to a banquet. In addition, Dr Tan will meet other Japanese political and business leaders, and attend a reception for Singaporeans residing in Japan.
In Kyoto, Dr Tan will be hosted to a banquet by Kyoto Prefecture Governor Keiji Yamada, Kyoto City Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa and the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In Miyagi, a prefecture in the Tohoku region which was affected by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Dr Tan will visit the Shichigahama Toyama Nursery School. The school is one of the reconstruction projects funded by the Singapore Red Cross with donations from Singapore's government and people.
Dr Tan will be accompanied by his wife Mrs Mary Tan, Minister for Manpower Lim Swee Say, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Trade and Industry Sim Ann, Members of Parliament Ang Hin Kee and Intan Azura Mokhtar, as well as senior officials from the President's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Manpower.
During Dr Tan's absence, Mr J Y Pillay, Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers, will exercise the functions of the office of the President from Nov 28 to Dec 1, and Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob will exercise the duties of the President from Dec 2 to Dec 6.