ASEAN-Japan Cooperation: A Foundation for East Asian Community

Japan Center for International Exchange

Japan and the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries share a long history of cooperation beginning with the 1976 Bali ASEAN leaders meeting. Recent regional and global developments point to the urgent need to further enhance political, economic, and sociocultural cooperation.

This volume assesses the importance of enhancing the ASEAN-Japan relationship as a step toward building a greater East Asian regional community. International relations experts from ASEAN countries and Japan, as well as China, South Korea, and the United States, review the history and current status of this bilateral relationship and propose how it can be strengthened. The volume also contains a joint statement that was submitted to the ASEAN governments as they were preparing for the October 2003 ASEAN leaders meeting, as well as to the Japanese government. The purpose of this statement as well as this volume are to contribute to the exploration of the future course of ASEAN-Japan relations as a critical element of the emerging East Asian community.

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Joint Statement on East Asian Community Building


1. ASEAN-Japan Relations: The Underpinning of East Asian Peace and Stability
Jusuf Wanandi, Founding Member, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

2. ASEAN-Japan Ties: A Basis for Cooperation
Tanaka Akihito, Director, Institute of Oriental Cultures, University of Tokyo

ASEAN and Japan as Regional Units

3. ASEAN as a Regional Actor
Hadi Soesastro, Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia

4. Japan as a Regional Actor
Soeya Yoshihide, Professor of International Relations, Keio University, Japan

ASEAN-Japan Economic Relations

5. The Evolution of ASEAN-Japan Economic Cooperation
Narongchai Akrasanee, Chairman, Seranee Holdings Co. Ltd., former Minister of Commerce of Thailand
Apichart Presort, Fiscal Policy Research Institute, Thailand

6. East Asian Regionalism and the ASEAN-Japan Economic Partnership
Chia Siow Yue, Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs, former Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

7. Laying the Building Blocks for a Regional Financial Architecture
Jesus P. Estasnislao, Director, Institute of Corporate Directors, former Secretary of Finance, Philippines

8. The Future of ASEAN-Japan Financial Relations
Kiuchi Takashi, Statutory Auditor, Shinsei Trust & Banking Co., Ltd., former Economic Advisor, Shinsei Bank Ltd., Japan

9. Economic Cooperation as a Step Toward an East Asian Community
Hirono Ryokichi, Professor Emeritus, Seikei University, Japan

The ASEAN-Japan Political-Security Relationship

10. ASEAN’s Political and Security Relations with Japan
Mohamed Jawhar bin Hassan, Director-General, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia

11. Japan’s Political and Security Relations with ASEAN
Nishihara Masashi, President, National Defense University, Japan

Cooperation in Societal and Cultural Areas

12. Social and Cultural Dimensions in East Asian Community Building
Yamamoto Tadashi, President, Japan Center for International Exchange
Carolina Hernandez, President, Institute of Strategic and Development Studies, Philippines

Changing International Environments and their Implications

13. Japan, ASEAN, and East Asia from an American Perspective
Charles E. Morrison, President, East-West Center, USA

14. The Strategic Environment: US Power and Asian Regionalism
Ahn Byung-Joon, Visiting Professor, Graduate Institute of Policy Studies, Tokyo; former Professor of Political Science, Yonsei University, Korea

15. The ASEAN Partnership with China and Japan
Zhang Yunling, Director, Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

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ISBN 4-88907-071-x; 234 pages; paper