Japan's ex-DPM on visit as LKY Exchange Fellow

Japan's ex-DPM on visit as LKY Exchange Fellow

Former Japanese deputy prime minister Katsuya Okada began a five-day visit to Singapore on Sunday as the 39th Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellow.

During his visit, he will call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam.

Second Foreign Minister Grace Fu will host a meal for Mr Okada, who is accompanied by his wife.

The Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship (LKYEF) programme, which began in 1991, invites outstanding individuals here for high-level exchange visits.

Fellows are selected based on their "proven track records or extraordinary potential to contribute to the development of their nations as well as promote international understanding and goodwill", said a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Recent fellows include Dr Peter Orszag, vice-chairman of corporate and investment banking at Citigroup, and New Zealand's Minister of Consumer Affairs, Mr Simon Bridges.

Mr Okada is a member of Japan's House of Representatives. Last year, he served as deputy premier and minister for administrative reform. He was Japan's foreign minister from 2009 to 2010.

He will visit the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Biopolis and the Marina Bay Financial Centre. A welcome dinner will be hosted by LKYEF chairman Eddie Teo.

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