On February 28th, the Langley Esquire team attended a welcome party for the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, a postgraduate program at the National University of Singapore. The school is famous for teaching international students, particularly those from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in fields such as politics, NGOs/NPOs and journalism. Other attendees included Japanese governmental sectors (officials at ministries & politicians etc.), NGOs and private sectors.

The welcome speech was given by Representative Yasuhisa Shiozaki, who is a former Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare (METI). He explained Japan’s shifting political and social issues (e.g. increasing number of elderly people) and encouraged students to learn about Japan from local attendees in the audience.

The students also enthusiastically listened to Representative Shunsuke Mutai’s talk. We had an active discussion about public policy both domestically and internationally. It was an inspiration to participate in such a gathering of promising young minds, who will develop the skills for the future leaders of tomorrow.

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