After a century of looking to the West for their economic and cultural models, Japanese have been paying more attention to their Asian neighbors in the past few decades. But unresolved resentments from World War II, when Japan occupied much of Asia, have complicated Japan’s relations with other countries in the region. This book examines the Japanese presence and local perceptions of Japan in four Southeast Asian nations and Japanese views of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, based on papers presented at the 1984 ASEAN-Japan Dialogue Conference in Oiso, Japan, sponsored by the Japan Center for International Exchange and the East-West Seminar.
The authors look at Japan’s political and economic role in the ASEAN region, present charts and statistics on exchanges and economic relations, and survey local perceptions of Japan. Much of the research was conducted in 1982 and 1983.