40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation Commemorative Public Seminar

November 11, 2013
Beyond 2015: ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership for Democracy, Peace, and Prosperity in Southeast Asia

In 2012, JCIE worked with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Jakarta to launch a new project intended to compile policy recommendations on the ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership beyond 2015. This initiative studied the role and contributions of ASEAN-Japan Partnership in promoting regional community building in Southeast Asia and East Asia, as well as in contributing to global governance. The objective was to further encourage efforts to achieve greater ASEAN integration with an eye toward 2015, as well as identify a vision for the ASEAN-Japan relationship in 2015–2030.

In its first year, the project explored the framework of Japan-ASEAN partnership in ASEAN and Japan’s role in promoting the integration of ASEAN and Japan. The study was carried out by three study groups consisting of several dozen experts from Japan and ASEAN countries. These were coordinated by Rizal Sukma (Executive Director, CSIS Jakarta) and Yoshihide Soeya (Professor, Keio University). The recommendations were submitted to the ASEAN secretariat and the foreign ministries of Japan and the ASEAN member nations in advance of the October 2013 ASEAN Summit and were presented at a special meeting in November 2013 that was convened to celebrate 40 years of ASEAN-Japan friendship and collaboration. 

The event was co-organized by the Japan Center for International Exchange, Keio Institute of East Asian Studies, and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Jakarta, and was held with the sponsorship of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.

Opening by Ken Shibusawa, President and CEO, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)

Opening remarks

Jusuf Wanandi, Co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Foundation, Indonesia
Hitoshi Tanaka, Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute; Senior Fellow, JCIE

Keynote speech by Surin Pitsuwan (download speech), The Tun Abdul Razak Fellow, 2013-2014, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford; Former Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Key messages of the recommendations

Moderator: Rizal Sukma, Executive Director, CSIS, Indonesia

Economic Partnership
Tham Siew Yean, Professor of Economics and Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Malaysia and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia
Fukunari Kimura, Professor of Economics, Keio University, Japan; Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Political-Security Partnership
Yoshihide Soeya, Professor of Political Science, Keio University; Japan Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

Socio-Cultural Partnership
Carolina G. Hernandez, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of the Philippines; Founding President and Chair of the Board of Directors, Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS), Philippines
Motoko Shuto, Professor of International Relations, Doctoral Program in International Public Policy, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Comments and discussion

Moderator: Yoshihide Soeya

Yukiko Fukagawa, Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University
Tsutomu Kikuchi, Professor, Graduate School of International Politics, Economics and Communication, Aoyama Gakuin University
Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councillors


Concluding remarks

Wrap-up of discussions: Rizal Sukma and Yoshihide Soeya
Final Remarks: Atushi Seike, President, Keio University