ASEAN and Japan: More than Economics

  • Alan Rix


Japan has actively fostered its relations with ASEAN only in the last few years. The five individual members of ASEAN, however, have had close and fruitful relationships with Japan for a considerably longer period. This chapter views ASEAN—Japan relations as the outgrowth of this longer period of Japanese interest and involvement in Southeast Asia, and the pursuance of its considerable interests there. It traces the important early steps in Japan’s return to the region after the Allied Occupation of Japan, Japanese political initiatives in the 1960s and, after the first tentative brush with ASEAN, the see-saw of summit diplomacy and the final move towards a ‘new’ or at least fresh dialogue relationship.


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