Singapore, Japan key partners to protect regional peace: PM Lee and PM Kishida

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Singapore, Japan key partners to protect regional peace: PM Lee and PM Kishida

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sg/w2di TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his visiting Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong pledged to work together to preserve regional peace and stability at their summit on Thursday (May 26).PM Lee, noting that ties with Japan form one of Singapore's most important bilateral relationships in Asia, said at the outset of their talks:"At a time of shifting strategic balance in Asia and major troubles in the world, especially in Ukraine recently, it is especially important for us to work together with each other bilaterally as well as in regional and international fora.Bernama News Agency cited Datuk Seri Ismail as saying that the two leaders discussed their bilateral retreat that Singapore will be hosting this year, with the proposed dates to be in late September or early October." Mr Kishida said Singapore is a key partner with which"to maintain and strengthen a free and open international order based on the rule of law".Both leaders will be speaking at the 27th Nikkei International Conference on The Future of Asia on Thursday."While firmly opposing any actions that threaten our shared principles, I look forward to working hand in hand with Singapore to bring about a free and open Indo-Pacific," he added.On Wednesday, PM Lee also visited the teamLab Borderless digital art museum in Tokyo's Odaiba district, ahead of its closure in August.A statement by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said PM Lee informed Mr Kishida of the Republic's decision to participate in the World Expo, which will take place in Osaka in 2025.One Memorandum of Cooperation between GovTech and Digital Agency of Japan on digital government transformation involves the exchange of information about digital government frameworks and best practices on topics such as digital identities, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud services.

Thursday was PM Lee's third day of a four-day working visit to Japan.In a Facebook post, Mr Lee noted that many Singaporeans would be familiar with teamLab's distinctive digital installations, with their work having been featured in the Future World exhibit at the ArtScience Museum and the Story of the Forest exhibit at the National Museum of Singapore.In a Facebook post, Mr Lee noted that many Singaporeans would be familiar with teamLab's distinctive digital installations, with their work having been featured in the Future World exhibit at the ArtScience Museum and the Story of the Forest exhibit at the National Museum of Singapore.Earlier, he spoke at the Future of Asia conference and had lunch with Japanese business representatives.At their meeting on Thursday night, the two leaders announced a Japan-Singapore Economic Dialogue, to be chaired at the vice-ministerial or permanent secretary level, so as to enhance bilateral economic ties.He will begin a five-year appointment as chief conductor in September next year.Japan was Singapore's eighth largest trading partner last year, while they were each other's top Asian investor as at end-2020.Mr Lee also had dinner with members of the Japan-Singapore Parliamentary Friendship League (JSPFL) , which was formed in 1997 to promote bilateral engagement between the two parliaments.The leaders then witnessed the exchange of two agreements.The current JSPFL chairman is former Japanese foreign and defence minister Taro Kono, who worked in Singapore in 1993 in the private sector.

The first, on digital government transformation between Singapore's GovTech and the Japan Digital Agency, will focus on the exchange of know-how in areas such as digital identity, artificial intelligence and the cloud.In line with their portfolios, Dr Janil Puthucheary, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of GovTech, and Dr Karen Makishima, Japan’s Digital Minister, used tablets instead of the traditional document folder.He now serves as the honorary chairman of the Japan Durian Promotion Association.He now serves as the honorary chairman of the Japan Durian Promotion Association.The second pact, between Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro), will facilitate greater access for start-ups in digital and green transformation.ESG chief executive officer Png Cheong Boon told The Straits Times that the latter agreement will"better connect our respective innovation and start-up ecosystems" while also growing collaboration between start-ups and large corporations."I'm glad that Singaporeans will soon be able to make their own connections as Japan progressively reopens its borders to small group tours," he said."In doing so, our enterprises can seize emerging opportunities in the digital and green economy and compete on a global scale," he said.Embed Facebook Facebook Many Singaporeans would be familiar with the distinctive digital installations of teamLab / チームラボ.

(From left) PM Lee Hsien Loong, Enterprise Singapore CEO Png Cheong Boon, Japan External Trade Organisation president Kazushige Nobutani and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the exchange of memorandum of cooperation in Tokyo on May 26, 2022.Their work has been.PHOTO: AFP Singapore start-ups like Swat Mobility, a transport-on-demand service, and Crust Group, which upcycles edible bread leftovers into craft beer, have benefited from existing cooperation between ESG and Jetro, which helped open doors with potential partners.Swat Mobility took part in a trial in Kitakyushu city in south-western Japan in late 2021, in which it analysed the usage data of public buses in the city and proposed revisions to schedules...It found that the bus operator could slash travel routes from 40 to just 10, which in turn reduced operational costs and carbon footprint, while increasing bus usage rates of up to 30 per cent.Swat Mobility has since entered a long-term contract with Kitakyushu, and is exploring other opportunities, including with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Crust Group, meanwhile, launched a pale ale in November last year that was brewed using surplus bread from popular bakery Maison Kayser."We are committed to continue pioneering the food upcycling movement in Japan, and have big plans to...help more companies minimise their food waste," said Crust Group founder Travin Singh.

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