ASEAN

Japan proposes improved energy-efficiency and health care to ASEAN ...
Japanese industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi, left, attends a meeting of economic ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 26. (Go Kobayashi)
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar--Japan pledged to help promote energy conservation and preventive health care in Southeast Asia during a key international meeting between economic ministers ...
N. Korea's new foreign minister leaves his mark on international...
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong arrives at a hotel in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 9. (Akihiko Kaise)
SEOUL--North Korea's new foreign minister hit the diplomatic circuit in earnest at a key ASEAN conference in Myanmar, in an apparent effort to end Pyongyang's international...
Kishida meets with foreign ministers of China, N. Korea in Myanmar
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Asahi Shimbun photos)
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar--Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with his Chinese and North Korean counterparts here in hopes of improving Japan's unstable relations with the two nations.
China rebuffs U.S. efforts on South China Sea tensions
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, stands beside Vietnamese foreign minister Pham Binh Minh, center, and Philippine foreign minister Albert del Rosario in Naypyidaw on Aug. 9. (The Asahi Shimbun)
NAYPYIDAW--China appeared to rebuff pressure from the United States to rein in its assertive actions in the South China Sea on Aug. 10 as Southeast Asian nations declined to...
China and Japan talk in Myanmar on easing political tensions
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, foreground second right, waits for the commence of 4th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 10. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Japan to "make practical efforts to overcome existing political obstacles between the two sides" during an informal meeting...
Kerry aims to calm South China Sea tensions
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, left, at a hotel during their meeting outside the venue of the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/ Pool)
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its smaller neighbors.
Tokyo and Seoul seek foreign minister talks at Myanmar ASEAN forum
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, in New York in September 2013 (Pool) 
Tokyo plans to hold a meeting of foreign ministers with Seoul in the hopes of forging the first summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Park Geun-hye, sources...
Does Japan have a security role in Southeast Asia?
In late May, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headlined the prestigious Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore with a keynote speech on the current geopolitical trajectory in Asia and the...
In dig at China, Abe says Japan supports Southeast Asia on freedom ...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his keynote speech on May 30 in Singapore. Abe is in Singapore to attend the 13th Asia Security Summit. (Shogo Koshida/ The Asahi Shimbun)
SINGAPORE--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pushing for a greater role for Japan in regional security, said on May 30 that Tokyo would offer its "utmost support" to Southeast Asian...
China sea tensions top agenda at Southeast Asian summit hosted by...
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations pose for a photograph during the 24th ASEAN leaders Summit in Naypyitaw May 11. (AP Photo)
NAYPYIDAW--Vietnam and the Philippines pushed for stronger action to confront China's aggressive behavior in the South China Sea at a Southeast Asian summit May 11 that was...
ASEAN calls on China to speed up maritime security talks
In this photo released by Vietnam Coast Guard, a Chinese ship shoots a water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel off Vietnam's coast in the South China Sea on May 7. (AP photo)
NAYPYITAW--Southeast Asian foreign ministers voiced "serious concerns" on May 10 over naval clashes between Vietnam and China as the regional group's top official urged Beijing ...
Philippines: Invite all Southeast Asia to Pacific pact
WASHINGTON--A U.S.-backed Pacific free trade pact could cause resentment in Southeast Asia as it would leave some nations in the region better positioned to access America's...
Beijing hesitant on setting ADIZ in South China Sea
The Asahi Shimbun
China appears to be taking a cautious stance toward establishing an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea, partly due to strong resistance by the United States ...
POINT OF VIEW/ Satoshi Shimizu: ASEAN financial integration...
A financial district in central Bangkok (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In step with the progress of intra-regional economic integration, financial integration in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is developing.
EDITORIAL: Foreign tourists vital for Japan's economy, relations
Tourists from Thailand have their photos taken in Owakudani, a volcanic valley with sulfurous fumes and hot springs in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, last August. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The number of foreigners who visited Japan for sightseeing or business surpassed 10 million last year for the first time.
NTT DATA joins Asian Payment Network
NTT Data Corp. has become the first Japanese company to join the Asian Payment Network (APN), which was established to create a common payment settlement platform within the...
Freedom of navigation pits Japan, U.S. against China
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and ASEAN leaders pose for a photo session ahead of a commemorative summit in Tokyo on Dec. 14. (Pool)
With Japan and the United States in one corner, and China in the other, the issue of freedom of navigation is taking center stage as China’s growing maritime presence...
ANALYSIS: Japan's generosity to ASEAN no guarantee of...
Myanmar President Thein Sein, right, visits a Suzuki Motor Corp. plant in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Dec. 15. (Yoshikazu Hirai)
Japan again offered substantial economic assistance to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in hopes of expanding exports of infrastructure and other...
ANALYSIS: With China still on his mind, Abe ends diplomatic work...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Myanmar President Thein Sein after a news conference on Dec. 15 (Satoru Semba)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spent a year on the diplomatic front trying to bolster the economy, maintain Japan’s image as a peace-loving country and keep China in check.
EDITORIAL: Abe should pursue universal values in diplomacy with...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, fourth from left, raises a glass at the welcome dinner party held in Tokyo on Dec. 13, a day before the summit meeting between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
It has been 40 years since the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan started exchanges for cooperation.