What's Next: August, 14 2015

Abe to give WWII anniversary speech

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will deliver today a closely watched war anniversary speech, which could dictate its future relations with China and South Korea.

The two countries, victims of Tokyo's aggression during World War II, will be scrutinising his remarks to see if he repeats earlier Japanese apologies for its militarism. His statement comes a day before Aug 15, the date Japan surrendered to the Allies in 1945.

New sculpture for Botanic Gardens

A new bronze and stainless steel sculpture at the Singapore Botanic Gardens will be officially unveiled today. The 3m-high sculpture by US artist James Surls, titled Fifty Wings, was installed for Singapore's Golden Jubilee.

It was donated by Dr Helmut Sohmen of shipping company BW Group and his wife Anna. United States Ambassador Kirk Wagar and Culture, Community and Youth Minister Lawrence Wong will be at the event.

ST Engineering's Q2 results out today

ST Engineering is reporting its second-quarter financial results today. Its president and chief executive, Mr Tan Pheng Hock, will not be presenting the results after suffering a mild stroke last month. In an update yesterday, the company said Mr Tan has been discharged from hospital and is on medical leave until end-September. Mr Tan said he is on the road to full recovery.

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