Japan’s participation in ASEAN related meetings


Japan’s participation in ASEAN related meetings


1. Participation of PM Abe

1.1 Major remarks by PM Abe at the 18th ASEAN+3 Summit Meeting on 21 November 2015;

- It is hoped that normalization of the trilateral cooperation among Japan, China, and ROK will make further contribution to the enhancement of ASEAN+3 cooperation.

- Japan will encourage innovation from Asia and, for this purpose, Japan will support human resource development and development of infrastructure in the region. To promote development of quality infrastructure, Japan will provide risk money and reduce the time needed for procedure of providing ODA to about one and a half years at most.

1.2 Major remarks by PM Abe at the 10th EAS on 22 November 2015;

- The framework of EAS should be further strengthened as the premier forum in the region and Japan sees that it is important to expand the scope of EAS in terms of political and security aspects.

- On maritime cooperation, Japan will support capacity building of countries in the region in the area of maritime defence in a seamless manner, such as through ODA and cooperation on defence equipments and technologies.

- On South China Sea, Japan wishes to share the notion among other leaders that such remarks as “not intending to militarize outposts built in South China Sea” must be followed by concrete actions. Japan will support the Philippines’ utilization of arbitration procedure to settle maritime disputes as it is a means to resolve the issue peacefully.

1.3 Major remarks by PM Abe at the 18th Japan-ASEAN Summit on 22 November 2015;

- On economic cooperation, to advance industries, Japan will assist industrial human resource development of 40,000 people over the next three years in Asia and also support for the improvement of financing systems for SMEs. Japan will also establish “Japan-ASEAN Women Empowerment Fund” to support small start-ups by women.

- On security cooperation, Japan will seamlessly support ASEAN countries in enhancing their capacity for maritime security and also deepen cooperation with ASEAN in peace building assistance, anti-terrorism measures, fighting transnational crimes and cyber security.

1.4 Gist of PM Abe’s address at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit held on 21 November 2015;

- On cooperation in human resource development in Asia, Japan will launch projects to educate young people who will be leaders of industrial development through establishing new courses at about 20 universities in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Viet Nam and other countries, in cooperation with Japanese companies. Japan will also set up “Japan-ASEAN Women Empowerment Fund” to support small business by women.

- On partnership in infrastructure, Japan and ADB will provide Asia with innovative infrastructure financing at a scale of 13 trillion yen over the next five years.

- Japan will respond to diverse infrastructure needs by making ODA loans quicker to process and more flexible. To this end, Japan will reduce the time needed for going through the procedure of ODA loans by as much as one and a half years, compared with the current system. Japan will also revise the current practice of requiring recipient governments’ payment guarantee. In cases in which Japanese ODA loans are being provided to local authorities, public corporations or other such public entities with ample sufficient commitment by the national government on the recipient’s side, Japan will not necessarily require a government guarantee.

2. Bilateral Meetings

2.1 Japan-Cambodia meeting held on 21 November 2015:

- PM Abe informed PM Hun Sen that Japan had decided to extend ODAloan of about 17 billion yen for the development of the National Highway No.5 to enhance Cambodia’s connectivity with neighbouring countries.

- On political situation in Cambodia, PM Abe stated that he was concerned about the political situation in Cambodia which was becoming tense and expressed his hope that, towards the next general election, both ruling and opposition blocs would adopt no-violence stance and maintain dialogues.

2.2 Japan-Indonesia meeting held on 22 November 2015;

- On infrastructure development, President Joko expressed his expectations that Japan would cooperate in a construction of a new port located in the east of the capital. PM Abe stated that, regarding the high-speed train project in Indonesia, he was frankly disappointed about the result. Having said that, Japan would continue to cooperate in developing quality infrastructure in Indonesia and it was important to ensure mutual trust, transparency in the process, and feasibility as well as appropriate risk sharing between the public and private sectors.

2.3 Japan-Singapore meeting held on 21 November 2015;

- PM Abe stated that he would expect Singapore to adopt Sinkansen system for Singapore’s high speed train project, as it would become flagship cooperation between Japan and Singapore.

2.4 Japan-India meeting held on 21 November 2015;

- PM Abe stated that he would like to elevate security cooperation with India to a higher level. He also expressed his hope to enhance trilateral cooperation among Japan, India and US. Japan’s Maritime Self Defence Forces (MSDF)’ participation in the “Malabar joint maritime exercise” led by US and India was meaningful and MSDF should continue to participate in the exercise on a regular basis.

2.5 Japan-Malaysia meeting held on 20 November 2015;

- On cooperation in maritime affairs, PM Abe stated that Japan had decided to start a study on realizing the provision of a ship handling simulator to Malaysia (Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency).

- On quality infrastructure partnership, PM Abe expressed his hope that Shinkansen systems would be adopted for high-speed train project between Malaysia and Singapore. PM Najib explained the process for bidding.

- On TPP, the two leaders agreed to closely coordinate towards the early signing and entry into force. PM Najib stated that Malaysia would cooperate with Japan especially in areas of investment and market access and expressed his hope for expansion of TPP across Asia-Pacific region.

2.6 Japan-Laos meeting held on 20 November 2015;

- PM Abe stated that Japan had decided to extend about 10 billion yen in ODA for a project to expand waterworks in Vientiane.

- PM Thongsing stated that Laos would assume ASEAN chairmanship in 2016 and there would be many challenges as the first Chair after the launch of AEC. PM Abe stated that Japan would support the role of Laos.

2.7 Japan-Viet Nam meeting held on 20 November 2015;

- On Japanese used maritime vessels (that Japan had announced to provide to Viet Nam in 2014) , PM Abe informed that two vessels would arrive in Viet Nam soon, which would complete the delivery of total six vessels. As for newly built patrol vessels, PM Abe informed that Japan would start an investigation to realize the provision. PM Dung expressed appreciation to PM Abe for Japan’s such cooperation which would beneficial considering Viet Nam’s shortages in maritime patrol capabilities and expressed his hope for the continued support including the provision of newly build vessels through ODA.

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