economic-finance and socio-cultural cooperation. 2. At the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in December in Tokyo, the Leaders. ASEAN-JAPAN CULTURAL RELATIONS. Introduction. 1. On 24 July , the ASEAN Studies Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). ASEAN was founded in to facilitate economic growth, social progress, and cultural development in the Southeast Asian region. Starting from a core of five.
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Japan and Asean are the second largest trade partners mutually, and Japan is the second largest investor, after the EU, in Asean. Well over 4 million Japanese choose Asean countries as a travel destination every year, while the number of visitors to Japan from Asean countries rose sharply to more than 2 million inan almost threefold increase from the visitor numbers in In addition, more than 9, Japanese companies have established their presence in Asean countries.
These trade and economic activities have enabled an even closer relationship to be forged between Asean and Japan. At the commemorative summit held in Tokyo, Japan and Asean confirmed that they would strengthen their cooperative relationship as partners based on four pillars: Also, in people-to-people exchange, Japan launched a new Asian cultural exchange policy called "the WA Project".
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The project promotes dialogue and exchanges between artists and cultural figures, as well as provides support for Japanese language studies. In keeping with "Asean Community Vision ", adopted by Asean member states inJapan has lent intensive support to the realisation of this vision, including, in particular, the improvement of connectivity of Asean.
Of course, we also believe that adoption of Japan's Shinkansen system for the high-speed rail project connecting Singapore and Malaysia would make a great contribution to Asean connectivity. In this region, Asean and its partners, including Japan, are confronted with various challenges, including terrorism, extremism and those related to maritime security. Asean's stability and prosperity as a strategic point between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean will not only affect the stability and prosperity of East Asia, but will also influence the global society.
Japan is proclaiming the Three Principles of "the Rule of Law" at Sea, advocated by Prime Minister Abe at the Shangri-La Dialogue innamely that 1 states shall make and clarify their claims based on international law, 2 states shall not use force or coercion in trying to drive their claims and, 3 states shall seek to settle disputes by peaceful means. In order to keep the peace and stability in the region, the principle of the "rule of law" is required to be upheld and practised.
Japan will contribute towards ensuring peace, stability and prosperity in the region and international community under the policy of "Proactive Contribution to Peace" based on the principles of international cooperation and the related "Legislation for Peace and Security".
Forty years on, Asean has undergone rapid development, and today, Japan and Asean are indispensable partners. It can be said that the relationship between Japan and Asean is no longer just confined to inter-governmental affairs, but has also expanded to business, culture and personal relations.
Such relationships have spread across the region both through the Japan-Asean relationship as a whole and through the respective bilateral relationships of Japan and Asean member countries. Malaysia is characterised by the preference taken by the Japanese investors to manufacturing sectors, such as textiles, chemicals and iron and non ferrous metal production.
At the same time in the non manufacturing sector, commerce, banking and insurance, and services are enjoying higher priority given by the Japanese investors. Exception is the investment in Thailand where the sectoral preference looks well balanced, compared with the pattern in other five ASEAN countries, though the total value of investment is the second lowest in the region.
However, the yen appreciation has now triggered renewed investment activities to the region.
For example in Malaysia, there has been an increase in export-oriented investment. In Thailand existing ventures of Japanese electronics and auto makers are now planning to augment their investment. It has been extending cooperation in such areas as funding for the development of industrial infrastructure, the provision of industrial technology and the training of personnels Also see MITI , pp.
When Mr Tamura, Minister of International Trade and Industry visited Bangkok in Januaryhe advocated New Asian Industries Development Plan 11a cooperation package integrating development assistance, overseas investment and import scheme in order to meet the needs to develop export oriented industrialization in Asia.
The plan has already started for Thailand, Malaysia and Mainland China. India, Indonesia and Pakistan are also getting in touch with the Japanese Government. The runner-up is the USA providing West Germany takes the third position offering 8. Australia ranks next and the third is for Japan. The USA with her Technical cooperation scheme 47Japan has long been providing technical cooperation scheme, under which students and trainees are invited to study in Japan or experts and volunteers are dispatched from Japan to the countries in need.
Table-9 provides the number of students and trainees enrolled by the technical cooperation scheme from to and their cumulative numbers from to By the year ofJapan invited