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Japan and ASEAN

Partnership for a Stable and Prosperous Future

Takaaki Kojima

Publication Year: 2006

This paper was delivered by Takaaki Kojima, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, as a Public Lecture organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies on 2 December 2006.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi


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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-2

The first East Asian Summit (EAS) is scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in mid-December. EAS, with the participation of India, Australia and New Zealand, on top of ASEAN, Japan, China...

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2. The Fukuda Doctrine

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pp. 3-5

ASEAN was formed by five countries in 1967. Japan, after recovering from the devastation caused by its defeat in WWII, achieved rapid economic growth through the 1960s and 1970s. This pushed Japan into the position of an economic power. In the..

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3. Japan’s ODA to ASEAN

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pp. 6-8

Now, how has Japan implemented this doctrine? Japan has provided development assistance totaling 221 billion dollars as of 2003. About 60 per cent of this was directed to Asia, and about 51.3 billion dollars, a quarter of the total amount of assistance, went to Southeast Asian countries...

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4. Japan’s FDI to ASEAN

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pp. 9-12

ASEAN countries, except Singapore, adopted a policy of import substituting industrialization through the 1970s. But this policy came up against a brick wall because their balance of trade and current balance had worsened due to the saturation of their...

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5. Asian Economic Crisis

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pp. 13-16

The collapse of the USSR and the end of cold war saw ASEAN membership expand through the 1990s to include CLMV countries, and the regional body enter a new phase. In 1997, however, ASEAN faced a serious crisis. A series of currency or economic...

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6. Human and Cultural Exchange

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pp. 17-18

The Japan-ASEAN relationship is not only limited to economic cooperation, investment and trade. As economic relations deepened, the human exchange between Japan and ASEAN countries grew. Over 90,000 Japanese reside in ASEAN countries. This...

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7. Deepening Regional Cooperation

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pp. 19-21

As I have mentioned, the history of Japan- ASEAN cooperation dates back to the founding of ASEAN. Since the mid-1970s the relationship has deepened with ASEAN’s development as a regional institution. In recent years, the international environment...

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8. The Koizumi Initiative

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pp. 22-28

In January 2002, in Singapore, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi made a policy speech, setting out a new vision of a basic framework for Japan’s relationship with ASEAN. In this speech, Prime Minister Koizumi announced the “Koizumi Initiative”. He...

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9. Conclusions

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pp. 29-31

Many people lost their lives and left behind bereaved families in the tsunami disaster, which was caused by the large-scale earthquake off the coast of Sumatra at the end of 2004. After the disaster, the special ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting on...


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pp. 32-40

About the Author

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pp. 33-42

E-ISBN-13: 9789812306500
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812303776

Page Count: 34
Publication Year: 2006

Edition: 1