September 3, 2013
Strengthening Japan – ASEAN Relations
The vision of ASEAN’s founding members: the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, continues to drive growth across the Asian region. Established in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) mission is to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development throughout the association’s member countries. The geopolitical and economic organization today includes Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos and regional economic integration is expected by 2015. ASEAN’s combined nominal Gross Domestic Product (GPD) has grown to more than US$ 2 trillion and as a single entity, ASEAN ranks as the eighth largest economy in the world.
Identifying strong regional economic growth, Japan established relations with ASEAN in 1973 and over the last forty years, strong ties have been established across a variety of areas.