By Invitation

Asean and Japan: Neighbours, friends, partners

Both parties share many common goals and interests, in keeping with the 'heart to heart' relationship established over 40 years ago.

I will begin my essay by stating that Asean and Japan are neighbours, friends and partners.

The statement that Asean and Japan are neighbours may surprise some readers. How can I describe them as neighbours when Japan is located in North-east Asia and Asean in South-east Asia?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2018, with the headline 'Asean and Japan: Neighbours, friends, partners'. Print Edition | Subscribe