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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrives for a Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 11, 2023
Japan and 2024 ASEAN chair Laos vow to cooperate to meet challenges
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he hopes the two nations will collaborate to elevate their "strategic partnership to new heights."
ASEAN 2023 summit attendees (left to right): Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sarun Charoensuwan, Vietnam Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Indonesia President Joko Widodo, Laos Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Manet, Malaysia Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, and East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao
Oct 11, 2023
Southeast Asia eyes hands-off AI rules, defying EU ambitions
A draft of ASEAN 'AI guide' is being circulated to tech firms for feedback and is expected to be finalized at the end of next January.
Officials from Japan and ASEAN countries agree to bolster private sector cybersecurity collaboration, in Tokyo on Thursday.
Oct 5, 2023
Japan and eight ASEAN nations to boost cybersecurity cooperation
Japan and eight Association of Southeast Asian Nations members agreed to bolster private sector cybersecurity collaboration.
Prime Minster Fumio Kishida talks with his Cambodian counterpart, Hun Manet, as they arrive at the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Jakarta on Thursday.
Sep 8, 2023
The ASEAN Summit gives us just more of the same
ASEAN needs to address problems internal divisions and maintain its role in the region.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol (left), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center), Chinese Premier Li Qiang (back, second right), U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris (front right) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (back right) arrive for the East Asia Summit as part of Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings in Jakarta on Thursday.
Sep 8, 2023
U.S.-China rivalry dominates ASEAN talks as summits wrap up
The meetings saw the United States, Japan, China and others look to shore up regional partnerships as they vie for influence over the 10-member bloc.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris (left) shakes hands with Indonesia's President Joko Widodo before their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Sep 7, 2023
Top U.S., China, Russia officials gather at Southeast Asia summit
The gathering offers a rare chance of direct, top-level diplomacy between sparring nations.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Chinese Premier Li Qiang hold hands for a commemorative photo during the ASEAN Plus Three meeting in Jakarta on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 6, 2023
Kishida meets Chinese premier for first talks since water release
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sought to tamp down Beijing's concerns, explaining Japan's stance to Chinese Premier Li Qiang during meetings in Jakarta.
The seat reserved for Myanmar is left empty during the retreat session of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Sep 5, 2023
ASEAN leaders meet at summit dominated by Myanmar crisis
The Philippines has said it is ready to replace the Myanmar's junta rulers as chair of the bloc in 2026.
Leaders and officials from Southeast Asia pose for a family photo during the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Sep 5, 2023
Why Biden's decision to skip the ASEAN summit is a mistake
Though in Asia, Biden won't attend ASEAN this week. The move may be part of Washington's China containment strategy, but it risks alienating key partners.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his wife, Yuko, leave Tokyo's Haneda Airport for Indonesia on Tuesday for a series of regional meetings.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 5, 2023
Kishida starts trip to Indonesia and India for ASEAN and G20 talks
Kishida is expected to hold bilateral talks with leaders of countries such as India and Indonesia on the fringes of the international conferences.
Southeast Asian officials at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on Monday.
Sep 5, 2023
ASEAN leaders seek to assert bloc's relevance at annual summit
ASEAN is seeking to clarify its relevance as cracks emerge in its response to the conflict in Myanmar.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida aims to garner support from the so-called Global South countries in his upcoming trip from Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 3, 2023
Kishida aims to draw 'Global South' support in upcoming trip
Kishida plans to find common ground with emerging economies over the topic of food security, an area of increased attention since the invasion of Ukraine.
ASEAN's finance ministers and central bank governors pose for a group photo during their meeting in Jakarta on Friday.
Aug 27, 2023
Japan to expand ASEAN aid and focus on food security at special summit
Japan has been working on strengthening its presence in the ASEAN region and deepening its relationship with the Global South.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with the Chinese Communist Party's foreign policy chief, Wang Yi, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Jakarta on July 13.
Aug 16, 2023
Southeast Asia uses great power competition to dodge failures
The U.S. needs to rethink its approach toward Southeast Asia, counter China's narrative, and engage in effective public diplomacy.
The ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference with Japan at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers' meeting in Jakarta on July 13
Jul 26, 2023
Is ASEAN part of the 'Global South'?
Despite the effort put into its formation, the Group of 20’s failure to function as hoped may well have brought about the Global South narrative.
Japan Times
Jul 18, 2023
ASEAN sets up regional office for cybersecurity cooperation
ACICE will share information, research and analysis on cyberthreats relevant to the defense sector.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2023
Japan assures safety of Fukushima water at ASEAN-plus-3 talks
No participants at the meeting explicitly opposed the plan except for China, which has repeatedly urged Japan not to go through with the discharge.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2023
Japan and ASEAN justice ministers reaffirm support for rule of law
A joint statement underscoring their collective commitment was issued after a meeting in Tokyo, amid China's increasing maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas.
Japan Times
Jun 27, 2023
How NATO can be made to fit the Indo-Pacific
NATO will always have a minimal role to play in Indo-Pacific security. It can contribute, but it is just too far away, with more urgent concerns requiring its energies and resources.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2023
ASEAN finds itself stuck between the U.S. and China
To build resilience at a time of great-power rivalries, Southeast Asian countries must strengthen regional cooperation.


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