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Director's Message

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Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Shinzo Abe paid respects to the late former President S R Nathan during the Lying-in-State at the Parliament House on 25th August. It was the first and only official visit by the Head of State, and we feel that it is very appropriate for us Japanese.

We were all saddened by the passing of President Nathan on 22nd August. As Prime Minister Abe himself said in his message, President Nathan was the first foreign representative who met the victims of the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima. Not only did he have an extensive knowledge of Japanese culture and language, but he was also involved in many bilateral relations with Japan both politically and culturally.

It was only four months ago when we met President Nathan, as we had invited him as GOH at the tea dedication ceremony conducted by Urasenke Tea Grand Master, Dr Genshitsu Sen. There and then Dr Sen, aged 92, and President Nathan, one year younger, shook hands and held each other's shoulders firmly saying "let us meet again" in a very determined manner.

President Nathan will be long remembered among us Japanese, as much as he remains as "the true son of Singapore" among Singaporeans. For his namesake, we are also determined to make all of our SJ50 events successful and memorable for our future generation.

For the month of September, we have the Japanese Film Festival (JFF 2016) until 18th September. It has a history of 33 years already, and we celebrate the 23rd installment this year by featuring Seijun Suzuki. Please don't miss the screenings, which even Japanese in Japan have a rare chance of watching!

See you soon!

Misako Ito
Director, Japan Creative Centre (JCC)
Embassy of Japan in Singapore

5th September 2016

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Japan Creative Centre

4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372
+65 6737 0434 / jcc@sn.mofa.go.jp
Nearest parking at Orchard Hotel & Delphi Orchard
2016 marks the
50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations