Abe, Singapore PM to meet, Philippine, Lao ministers to visit Japan

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will visit Japan from Tuesday and hold a summit with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe the following day, the Foreign Ministry said.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and Laotian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith will also visit from Wednesday and meet with their Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida during their stay, according to the Japanese ministry.

Abe and Lee are expected to discuss the negotiations for a pan-Pacific free trade agreement that Tokyo is set to join soon. Singapore has already been involved in the multilateral talks for the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Lee, who is due to stay in Japan until Friday, is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech Thursday at the International Conference on the Future of Asia, a two-day forum through Friday that will bring together political, business and academic leaders in the region.