Since taking office, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has attached importance to East Asia policy and has proposed, in Japan and abroad, his vision for creating an East Asian Community (EAC).

The idea of promoting regional cooperation in Asia dates back to the Pacific Rim cooperation initiative advanced in 1979 by then Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira, which resulted in the inauguration of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 1989. After the Cold War ended, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) shifted its priority to bolstering regional economic cooperation, and then the East Asia Summit was launched. In 2005, discussions began on ways to create an EAC.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.