Visit of Special Envoys of the Prime Minister of Japan to Singapore

Embassy of Japan in Singapore
4 December, 2008

  Special Envoys of the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Masakazu TOYODA and Ambassador Yoshinori KATORI, who are visiting Singapore on December 4, met with H.E. Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and H.E. Dr Balaji Sadasivan, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, on December 4 and exchanged views on the appropriate policy to pursue in order to promote economic growth and development in Asia in light of the current global financial and economic crisis.

In the meeting, the two Special Envoys explained that in Japan’s view, it is important on the one hand for the Asian countries to cooperate and to respond to the impacts of the global financial crisis and on the other hand to strengthen Asia’s growth potential and expand domestic demand. They conveyed Japan’s view that it is important for the East Asian countries to share concrete policy directions at the East Asia Summit and ASEAN plus 3 Summit and to take united actions. They asked for the support and cooperation of the Government of Singapore.

Minister of State Lee conveyed his support for Japan’s view explained by the Envoys, noting that it is a good concept considering the current financial and economic situations, and expressed appreciation for Japan’s leadership. Senior Minister of State Balaji said that he would further study Japan’s view, which he noted was important and interesting, and would wish to closely discuss the view towards the East Asia Summit and ASEAN plus 3 Summit, which he hoped to take place as early as possible. He also explained Singapore’s economic situation to the Envoys.