The year 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of the informal dialogue relations between ASEAN and Japan. The relationship between the two remains strong, but a number of developments in the region over the past decade have made it necessary to reexamine and redefine the strategic value of ASEAN-Japan cooperation. This report, based on the first year of a study that draws on the combined insights of dozens of the region’s brightest thinkers, offers recommendations for such cooperation with a particular eye toward how it can contribute to further integration among ASEAN countries, particularly in the economic, political and security, and socio-cultural realms.
This book was the result of a project on ASEAN–Japan Strategic Partnership and Regional Community Building.
Summary of Study Group Findings
ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership in Southeast Asia: Economic Pillar
Siew Yean Tham and Fukunari Kimura
ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership in Southeast Asia: Political-Security Pillar
Rizal Sukma and Yoshihide Soeya
ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership in Southeast Asia: Socio-cultural Pillar
Carolina G. Hernandez and Motoko Shuto
Study Group on ASEAN Economic Community
Financial Cooperation in ASEAN
Human Resources, Innovation, and Harmonization of Standards
Study Group on ASEAN Political-Security Community
Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding, and Preventive Diplomacy
Simon S.C. Tay and Aaron Choo
Study Group on ASEAN Socio-cultural Community