Greetings from Ambassador Hiroshi Ishikawa

Ambassador of Japan to Singapore Hiroshi Ishikawa
It is my great honour and privilege to be appointed Ambassador of Japan to Singapore. A few years ago, I was in charge of overseeing Japan’s policy in Southeast Asia and South Asia in Tokyo. I hope to leverage this experience in my endeavor to make the lives of the over 36,000 Japanese people here comfortable.

Ever since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1966, Japan and Singapore have enjoyed a close relationship in a wide range of areas—politically, economically, and culturally. Our people-to-people ties have also been strong.

This year witnessed reciprocal visits between Japan and Singapore at both summit and ministerial levels. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Japan and ASEAN Friendship and Cooperation. We would like to tap into this momentum to further enhance the Japan-Singapore cooperation.

Singapore is a hub for trade, finance, and transportation in the Indo-Pacific region. Against this backdrop, many Japanese companies, including around 800 Japanese companies registered to the Japanese Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) Singapore, are thriving as regional hubs overseeing the region. It is in our Embassy’s interest to continue to support your dedicated efforts.

Furthermore, Singapore is also a centre for culture and information in the ASEAN region. With a view to promoting understanding towards the true flavour and culture of Japan, we have held various Japan related events at the Japan Creative Centre (JCC), which was established in 2009. As we are fortunate enough to have many friends highly interested in Japan in Singapore, we will continue to strive towards designing meaningful and enjoyable events. We extend a warm invitation to our friends to visit JCC.

I believe people-to-people exchanges will flourish as we are recovering and emerging stronger from COVID-19. I sincerely hope that we could further deepen our mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and Singapore.

The Embassy of Japan is committed to further advancing Japan-Singapore relations, and we look forward to closely working with you to this end.

October 2022
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Singapore
Hiroshi Ishikawa
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