Japan-Singapore Summit Meeting
At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Hatoyama expressed respect for the development that Singapore had achieved under Prime Minister Lee, and stated that he wished to strengthen Japan's friendly relations with Singapore, an intellectual leader and financial center for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In response, Prime Minister Lee expressed appreciation to Prime Minister Hatoyama for having the opportunity to meet him soon after assuming the office of Prime Minister despite Prime Minister Hatoyama's busy diplomatic schedule.
Prime Minister Hatoyama also indicated appreciation for the fact that Prime Minister Lee's initiative to provide Singapore's cooperation resulted in the decision to establish the Japan Creative Centre (JCC) (A base in Singapore for disseminating information on Japan and its culture), which is currently under preparation for its opening. Prime Minister Lee responded by expressing his view that the JCC would be a great base for disseminating information to the members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and other countries not only on the Japanese economy but also the charms of Japan's traditional culture and politics.
During the meeting, the leaders also exchanged views on APEC, the G-20, climate change, and an initiative to build an East Asian community.