On 3 May 2017, CSI was honoured to host a visit by Minister Hirokazu Matsuno, the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Minister Matsuno, who was in Singapore as part of his visit to the region, was accompanied by a delegation from the Ministry and the Japanese Embassy in Singapore. The visit was hosted by Professor Toshio Suda, Senior Principal Investigator at CSI Singapore. He was joined by Mr Yeh Choy Yan, Associate Director at the NUS Office of the Vice President (University and Global Relations), Dr Izumi Walker, Assistant Director of NUS Centre for Language Studies, as well as Professor Yoshiaki Ito and Dr Takaomi Sanda from CSI Singapore.
Two Japanese medical students from Yokohama University, Mr Kaoru Yoshikawa and Mr Shunsuke Okazaki, who are currently doing a research exchange attachment at CSI Singapore, were also invited to join CSI in welcoming the Japanese Minister.
The visit kicked off with a morning coffee and refreshments, followed by an overview presentation of NUS by Mr Yeh. Finally, Prof Suda led a presentation and a fruitful round of discussion about the research environment in Singapore and existing collaborations.
As bilateral relations between Japan and Singapore have crossed the 50-year mark, both countries have mutually benefitted from an exchange of collaborations and ideas. It is hoped that the visit will continue to foster closer ties between both countries in many areas, including scientific research.
Photo: Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Mr. Hirokazu Matsuno, in a group photo with NUS and CSI Senior Officers and Japanese delegates.