117) Likewise, Japan's policy-makers concluded that it should not simply complete a deal with the whole of ASEAN; it proceeded to conclude FTAs with Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, and Vietnam within Southeast Asia, before concluding the larger Japan-ASEAN
Finance Ministers' Meeting and APEC Finance Ministers' Meeting
Based on the Tokyo Declaration for the Dynamic and Enduring Japan-ASEAN
Partnership in the New Millennium adopted at the summit, we will strengthen our relationship with the countries of ASEAN as partners toward a new era that ''act together and advance together.
Foreign investment is not a threat,'' Koizumi told an international business forum held in Tokyo ahead of a two-day Japan-ASEAN
summit starting Thursday in Tokyo.
Japan and ASEAN are marking the 40th anniversary of their friendly ties this year, with a special Japan-ASEAN
summit scheduled to be held in Tokyo in mid-December.
In a related development, Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura also told his ASEAN counterparts at the Japan-ASEAN
talks that Japan will appoint an ambassador to ASEAN once the ASEAN Charter takes effect and that preparations for the appointment are underway, according to a Japanese Foreign Ministry official.
In ''Only One Person Can Decide Where Japan's National Interest Lies,'' Professor Takashi Shiraishi of Kyoto University calls on Koizumi to conclude a Japan-ASEAN
economic partnership, a project that is foundering on the question of abolishing tariffs on agricultural products, saying the only way to decide what will benefit Japan's national interest is for the prime minister to exercise leadership.
economic ministerial gathering will be held Friday in Bandar Seri Begawan.
A special Japan-ASEAN
summit meeting is set to be held in Tokyo in mid-December.
EPA AS LEVERAGE TO BOLSTER TIES (The Daily Yomiuri as translated from the Yomiuri Shimbun)
In order to give shape to the proposal, building on the relations of trust that were fostered with the leaders of the nations that I visited, I intend to steadily move forward to enhance relations with neighboring countries in Asia, in various areas including the Initiative for Japan-ASEAN
Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
Abe and Najib are also expected to discuss Japan-ASEAN
ties and regional affairs given that Kuala Lumpur is to chair the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2015.