The year 2003 marked several important anniversaries for the ASEAN-Japan relationship and was designated by Japan and ASEAN leaders as the “ASEAN-Japan Exchange Year.” In order to explore ways to strengthen the ASEAN-Japan partnership as a step toward building a more cohesive East Asian regional community, JCIE held two workshops in 2003 on the theme of “ASEAN-Japan Cooperation in East Asia Community Building” as part of its Asia Pacific Agenda Project (APAP).

The initial workshop was held in Hua Hin, Thailand from May 2–4, 2003, and the second took place on September 15–17, 2003 in Kisarazu, Japan. International relations experts from Japan, East and Southeast Asia, and the United States came together at the Kisarazu workshop to discuss issues such as the changing regional and international environments and the implications for ASEAN-Japan relations, the future direction of ASEAN-Japan economic and political relations, cooperation in social and cultural areas, Japan and ASEAN as regional actors, and the rationale for a renewed emphasis on ASEAN-Japan cooperation.

The project resulted in the adoption of a joint statement that was submitted to the ASEAN governments prior to the October 2003 ASEAN Summit and also to the Japanese government in time for the December 2003 ASEAN-Japan Summit. The Kisarazu statement and the results of the workshops are available in a book, ASEAN-Japan Cooperation: A Foundation for East Asian Community.


AHN BYUNG-JOON, Visiting Professor, Graduate Institute of Policy Studies, Tokyo; former Professor of Political Science, Yonsei University, Korea

NARONGCHAI AKRASANEE, Chairman, Seranee Holdings Co. Ltd.; former Minister of Commerce of Thailand

CHIA SIOW YUE, Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs; former Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

JESUS P. ESTANISLAO, Director, Institute of Corporate Directors; former Secretary of Finance, Philippines

MOHAMED JAWHAR BIN HASSAN, Director-General, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia

CAROLINA HERNANDEZ, President, Institute of Strategic and Development Studies, Philippines

HIRONO RYOKICHI, Professor Emeritus, Seikei University, Japan

KIUCHI TAKASHI, Statutory Auditor, Shinsei Trust and Banking Co., Ltd.; former Economic Advisor, Shinsei Bank Ltd., Japan

CHARLES E. MORRISON, President, The East-West Center, USA

NISHIHARA MASASHI, President, National Defense University, Japan

APICHART PRASERT, Fiscal Policy Research Institute, Thailand

HADI SOESASTRO, Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia

SOEYA YOSHIHIDE, Professor of International Relations, Keio University, Japan

TANAKA AKIHIKO, Director, Institute of Oriental Cultures, University of Tokyo

JUSUF WANANDI, Founding Member, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

YAMAMOTO TADASHI, President, Japan Center for International Exchange

ZHANG YUNLING, Director, Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences