Japan Says Will Support Asean Connectivity


JUNE 26, 2018

Jakarta. Japan is keen to support the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean, in realizing its vision for centrality, unity and connectivity, a Japanese official said on Tuesday (26/06).

"We'd like to support Asean's centrality, unity and also connectivity – that's the most important point, because Asean is now focusing on connectivity," Japan's ambassador to Asean, Kazuo Sunaga, said.

Sunaga's comments came after Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Asean secretary general Lim Jock Hoi met for a brief discussion at the association's headquarters in Jakarta.

Japan's support for Asean's connectivity and centrality is part of the country's Free and Open Indo-Pacific policy, he said, adding that Japan will likely focus its support on promoting quality infrastructure in Southeast Asia.

Kono and Lim also exchanged views on regional issues, Sunaga said, including the South China Sea and North Korea.

Kono is set to meet his Asean counterparts at the Asean Plus Three Foreign Ministers Meeting, which will take place in August in Singapore.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Japan-Asean relations.