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ASEAN-Japan Cooperation

A Foundation for East Asian Community

Edited by Japan Center for International Exchange JCIE

This book assesses the importance of enhanced ASEAN-Japan cooperation as a step toward a greater East Asian regional community. Fifteen international relations experts from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries and Japan, as well as China, South Korea, and the United States, review the history and current status of this bilateral relationship and propose how it can be strengthened. Chapters review the history of ASEAN-Japan relations and the rationale for renewed emphasis on cooperation; assess ASEAN as a regional unit and Japan as a regional actor; consider the implications for the relationship of changing regional and international environments; examine the future direction of economic, political, and security relations between the two actors; and evaluate societal and cultural areas of cooperation. Contributors include Tanaka Akihiko (Institute of Oriental Cultures, University of Tokyo), Jusuf Wanandi (Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta), Hadi Soesastro (Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia), Soeya Yoshihide (Keio University, Japan), Charles Morrison (East-West Center), Ahn Byung-joon (Graduate Institute of Policy Studies, Japan), Zhang Yunling (Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), Jesus Estanislao (Institute of Corporate Directors, Phillipines), Narongchai Akrasanee (Seranee Holdings Co. Ltd., Thailand), Chia Siow Yue (Singapore Institute of International Affairs), Hirono Ryokichi (Seikei University, Japan), Kiuchi Takashi (Shinsei Bank, Japan), Nishihara Masashi (National Defense Academy, Japan), Jawhar bin Hassan (Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia), Carolina Hernandez (Institute of Strategic and Development Studies, Phillipines), and Yamamoto Tadashi (Japan Center for International Exchange).

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