- Title: Singapore PM urges Japan to look 'outward' socially and economically
- Date: 29th September 2016
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (SEPTEMBER 29, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** SINGAPOREAN PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG WALKING ONTO STAGE (SOUNDBITE) (English) SINGAPOREAN PRIME MINISTER, LEE HSIEN LOONG, SAYING: "I urge Japan to take bolder moves, because more needs to be done. An economically-vigorous Japan is a pre-condition for sustaining an active role in the Asia Pacific." AUDIENCE LISTENING TO LEE SPEAK (SOUNDBITE) (English) SINGAPOREAN PRIME MINISTER, LEE HSIEN LOONG, SAYING: "If more young Japanese can be exposed to study abroad with the best and brightest from around the world, and then come back and be integrated into Japanese society and economy, bringing with them different perspectives and approaches, this would only enrich and invigorate Japan." LEE SPEAKING TO AUDIENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) SINGAPOREAN PRIME MINISTER, LEE HSIEN LOONG, SAYING: "Another avenue to strengthen Japan's outward orientation is through free trade. This is one reason the Trans-Pacific partnership, the TPP, is such an important initiative for Japan." LEE SPEAKING TO AUDIENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) SINGAPOREAN PRIME MINISTER, LEE HSIEN LOONG, SAYING: "Japan's Diet will soon be debating TPP ratification, in fact, these few days. We naturally hope the TPP clears the Diet whatever happens in the United States Congress." LEE LEAVING HALL
- Embargoed: 14th October 2016 09:23
- Keywords: Japan Singapore Lee Hsien Loong visit
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00151MB139
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong encouraged Japan to be more globalised socially and economically on Thursday (September 29) during a speech in Tokyo.
His visit marked 50 years of diplomatic relations.
He also supported Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to go through, saying it was a bold move that would not only spur needed structural reforms but strengthen Japan's outward orientation.
Lee and his wife met Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko as well as Abe during their four-day trip.
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