Welcome to the website of the Singapore Embassy in Japan.
Japan is one of Singapore’s closest friends. In fact, the Japanese were amongst the first to recognise Singapore’s independence in August 1965. In the 46 years since, our relations have become not only stronger and deeper, but more multi-dimensional as well.
This past decade has seen several historic milestones. Top of the list is the State Visit of Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan to Singapore in June 2006, and the State Visit by President S R Nathan to Japan in May 2009. Singapore was also the first country to sign a Free Trade Agreement with Japan – the Japan-Singapore New Age Economic Partnership Agreement (JSEPA) – in October 2002. The opening of the first-ever Japan Creative Centre in Singapore in November 2009, an idea that was mooted by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to then-Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, has further boosted our excellent people-to-people ties.
In the wake of the Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011, Singaporeans have demonstrated their friendship and solidarity with Japan, both in words and in kind. Singapore will continue to render assistance where we can to help Japan tide over this difficult period.
Following last year’s disasters, many Singaporeans provided useful feedback about the Embassy’s website. We have taken onboard their suggestions. Whether you are a Singaporean living in Japan or planning to visit the country, we invite you to read about the consular and visa services, activities by the Embassy and the Singapore community, as well as Singapore’s excellent relations with Japan in our website and Facebook page.
With your strong support, I am confident that Singapore’s ties with Japan will become even closer in the years to come.