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Symposium Held to Commemorate 40 Years of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation

Update:Nov. 25, 2013

This year marks 40 years of official relations between Japan and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since the Japan-ASEAN forum on synthetic rubber was first held in 1973. Beginning in 2012, the Japan-ASEAN Dialogue Regarding Strategic Partnerships is hosted by the ASEAN Secretariat as part of a three-year plan to discuss and design future cooperative relations. The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) facilitate this dialogue, with Prof. Yoshihide Soeya, the former Director of the Keio Institute of East Asian Studies and Professor at Keio University's Faculty of Law, serving as project coordinator for the Japanese side.

Upon the summary of policy recommendations for the first phase of the project, the above organizations and the Keio Institute of East Asian Studies jointly held the "Symposium to Commemorate 40 Years of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation" at the North Hall on Mita Campus on Monday, November 11, in order to present research findings and policy recommendations to the general public. The symposium commenced with a keynote speech from Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the former Secretary-General of ASEAN and founder of the current project. It was followed by presentations led by the co-chairs of three study groups in the areas of economics, politics and security, and society and culture, which expanded into debates by Japanese experts. These events expressed the continued importance of Japan-ASEAN cooperation for democracy, peace, and prosperity of the region.

Glimpse of the symposium
▲Glimpse of the symposium
Keynote Speech by former ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan
▲Keynote Speech by former ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan

Glimpse of the symposium
▲Glimpse of the symposium
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan and President Seike shake hands
▲Dr. Surin Pitsuwan and President Seike shake hands

Photo: Susumu Ishito