December 1, 2020, 12:00 (Singapore Standard Time 11:00), Room 512, Singapore Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Many men were gathered inside Room 512 at Singapore's five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Inside the room, two men were seated at the center table across from each other, negotiating.
"These terms are unacceptable for us."
A man of short stature with a fatigued look read the documents and spoke forcefully, throwing the documents on the table. The other man sitting across from him clearly showed his anger at first, but regained his composure and spoke once again in broken Japanese.
"Then what kind of terms would be acceptable?"
The short man who threw the document arrogantly crossed his arms. He answered with a wry smile.
"Why are you asking me? Let's call it a day and meet again tomorrow. If you can't offer us better terms by then, the results will be the same as today."