Invitation Program for ASEAN Journalists
November 6-10, 2023
Keizai Koho Center invited ASEAN journalists to Japan to promote mutual understanding between ASEAN and Japan. Japan and ASEAN have worked closely together for peace, stability, development and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and this year marks the 50th Anniversary of Japan-ASEAN relations. This year’s program focused on the future of Japan-ASEAN relations and how Japanese corporations should respond to the geopolitical changes in the region and the fast development of ASEAN countries..
Ms. Mintra Adair, Journalist and Content Creator of The Nation, Mr. Andre Arditya, Editor of The Jakarta Post, Ms. Le Thi Mai Huong, Business Editor of Viet Nam News and Mr. Ovais Subhani, Senior Corresponden of The Straits Times participated in this year’s program. The journalists had discussions with experts of various fields and policymakers. They also visited corporations, including Nissan Motor Corporation, Mori Building, OMRON Corporation, KYOCERA Corporation and NGK Insulators. They met with Mr. Akiyoshi Koji, Chairman of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. and Vice Chair of Keizai Koho Center and Keidanren and discussed the global strategies of Japanese businesses and the importance of Japan’s relations with ASEAN countries.
On November 10, a symposium titled “Japan-ASEAN Cooperation Amid the Changing International Situation: Views of ASEAN Journalists” was held at Keidanren Kaikan, Tokyo. Mr. Masafumi Ishii, former Ambassador to Indonesia and Special Adjunct Professor of Gakushuin University presented the keynote speech. Bearing in mind the de facto division of ASEAN countries, he stated that while Japan should maintain an ASEAN first policy, it is necessary to introduce a more tailored approach by prioritizing ASEAN countries. He also pointed out that Japan should strengthen cooperation in areas where Japan can do best, such as human resource development, high quality infrastructure, AI, DX, and high value-added and resilient supply chains and emphasized the importance of expanding areas of cooperation from economy to security in order to promote common strategic objectives, including a rule-based order and a free and open Indo-Pacific.
The journalists then presented their views on Japan-ASEAN relations and participated in a panel discussion. They shared their concern that due to the growing influence of China, Japan’s overall presence in ASEAN is weakening, despite the continuous Japanese investment in the ASEAN region. They discussed that further investments in ASEAN and exchange among young people could help reinforce the Japan-ASEAN relationship.
Japan-ASEAN Cooperation Amid the Changing International Situation:
Views of ASEAN Journalists
November 10, 2023
|Special Adjunct Professor, Gakushuin University (former Ambassador to Indonesia)
|Journalist and Content Creator, The Nation
|Editor, The Jakarta Post
|Le Thi Mai Huong
|Business Editor, Viet Nam News
|Senior Correspondent, The Straits Times
2019 Invitation Program for ASEAN Journalists
November 22-24, 2019
Keizai Koho Center invited ASEAN journalists to Japan to promote mutual understanding between ASEAN and Japan.
Mr. Azman Ujang, Chairman of the Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA), Ms. Nareerat Wiriyapong, Asia Focus Editor of Bangkok Post, Mr. Robertus Benny Dwi Koestanto, Writer of Kompas and Mr. Walter Sim, Japan Correspondent of The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holdings participated in the program. The journalists had discussions with experts of various fields and visited corporations.
On November 21, the symposium “Past, Present and Future of the Japan-ASEAN Relationship” was held at Keidanren Kaikan, Tokyo. The journalists participated as panelists and Mr. Masataka Fujita, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Japan Centre served as commentator. They agreed that it is important to continue to strengthen the Japan-ASEAN partnership amidst the rapidly changing economic environment. The ASEAN journalists also expressed their strong expectations for Japan, saying that Japan needs to be more confident and heighten its voice and presence on the international stage.
Past, Present and Future of the Japan-ASEAN Relationship
November 21, 2019
|Chairman, Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA)
|Asia Focus Editor, Bangkok Post
|Robertus Benny Dwi Koestanto
|Writer of Kompas
|Japan Correspondent, Singapore Press Holdings
|Secretary General, ASEAN-Japan Centre