Japan has expressed gratitude to Singapore for helping in the reconstruction efforts in the Tohoku region after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The appreciation was expressed by Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida to Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam today in Sendai.
During the meeting, both Ministers reaffirmed the close relations between the two countries, and agreed that the 50th anniversary of Singapore-Japan diplomatic relations in 2016 is an important occasion to be marked with celebratory events.
They also discussed developments in Japan and the wider region in view of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII this year.
Minister Shanmugam is in Japan to attend the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3UNWCDRR). Earlier this morning, he attended the Opening Ceremony of the 3UNWCDRR.
He will deliver Singapore's statement at the 3UNWCDRR Plenary Session tomorrow.
Minister Shanmugam met Special Envoy of the President and Minister of Environment and Energy of the Republic of Maldives, Thoriq Ibrahim. They discussed bilateral co-operation between the two countries.
He also met Democratic Party of Japan President Katsuya Okada on Mar 13 in Tokyo and had a discussion on the key domestic developments in Japan.
The minister will be in Japan till Mar 17.