On 2 November 2017, H.E. Ambassador Bansarn Bunnag participated in the luncheon meeting of the Ambassadors of ASEAN countries and H.E. Mr. Kono Taro, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan at the Vietnam Embassy in Japan. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the issues that Japan will discuss in the APEC Summit, which will be held between 10-11 November 2017 in Vietnam and the East Asia Summit between 13-14 November 2017 in the Philippines.
On this occasion, Japan reassured participants of its cooperation with ASEAN in developing the infrastructure to be of a higher standard as well as asking the ASEAN to put more pressure on North Korea. Japan stressed the importance of the freedom of navigation operations in the South Sea, which ASEAN agreed to support. In addition, both sides exchanged views and opinions on how to use the Japan-ASEAN center more efficiently.