PM Yoshihiko Noda holds an iftar together with the Chairman of Muhammadiyah Central Executive Board, Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin at the Prime Minister Official residence on August 1, 2012. The iftar is also attended by Ambassadors and officials from 41 Arab countries, Asia, Europe, and Africa in Tokyo.
In his speech, PM Noda congratulates the guest, and wishes that the atmosphere of Ramadan fasting month can give peace to the hearts of the Muslim community as well as to enhance mutual understanding and tolerance between countries in the region to create a peaceful world community. PM Noda serves a variety of foods from countries that were invited, including rendang, chicken satay, and cendol ice from Indonesia.
The Financial Services Minister Tadahiro Matsushita who is fluent in Indonesian also attended an iftar. Minister Tadahiro Matsushita explains to Prof. Dr. Din Syamsudin and Deputy Chief of Mission Jonny Sinaga that he can speak Indonesian because of some forty years ago he had worked at the Jakarta Public Works Department under Minister Ir. Sutami.
Chairman of the Muhammadiyah Central Executive, Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin is visiting Japan to attend the Summit of Religious Leaders and meet with President of the Japan Muslim Association Amin K. Tokumasu.
During his visit to Japan,Din Syamsudin, who is also the President of the Asian Committee on Religions for Peace, is scheduled to make a courtesy call to Prime Minister Noda and former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.