ASEAN

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.
Japan unable to get ASEAN members on same page at special summit
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, talks at the opening of the first session of the special summit meeting between Japan and ASEAN in Tokyo on Dec. 14. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei is sitting next to him. (Satoru Senba)
A wide gap in priorities emerged in the special summit meeting between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), held in Tokyo on Dec. 14, with security...
Japan, ASEAN vow to ensure freedom of navigation
Leaders of the ASEAN and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend the first session of ASEAN-Japan commemorative summit meeting at the state guesthouse in Tokyo on Dec. 14. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Leaders from Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries on Dec. 14 pledged to cooperate in ensuring freedom of navigation during a summit overshadowed by concerns over China's...
Asian nations urge peace in sea disputes, unlikely to blame China
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, greets Philippine President Benigno Aquino before their meeting at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Dec. 13. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Asian nations must ensure that territorial disputes do not erupt into conflict, leaders said on Dec. 13, with Japan and the Philippines reaffirming their commitment to freedom...
China's shadow looms over Japan-ASEAN summit
A Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C surveillance aircraft patrols near Uotsurishima Island, one of the Senkaku Islands, in this 2011 photo. (Pool)
When leaders from Japan and Southeast Asia gather in Tokyo this week, the elephant in the room will be a nation that is not invited: China.
BIZ BRIEF: Santen Pharmaceutical sets up Singapore subsidiary
Santen Pharmaceutical Co. has established a new wholly owned subsidiary, Santen Pharmaceutical Asia Pte. Ltd., in Singapore to strengthen its business promotion in the ASEAN...
With visits to all 10 ASEAN nations, Abe's China containment...
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, right, greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a welcoming ceremony at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Nov. 16. (AP Photo)
VIENTIANE--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe closed out a two-day visit to Laos and Cambodia, completing a swing to all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to...
Kabuki, Southeast Asian performers team up for traditional dance...
A Kabuki actor and dancers from ASEAN countries perform in the MAU: J-ASEAN Dance Collaboration in Jakarta on Nov. 8. (Tadao Onaga)
JAKARTA--Kabuki performers from Japan joined actors, dancers and musicians from four Southeast Asian countries for a colorful display of traditional arts in the Indonesian...