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Japan-Southeast Asia Relations

Time and Location

August 31, 6am ET (7pm JST)


The year 2023 marks the 50th commemorative year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. Japan is now the most trusted country among Southeast Asia, and Southeast Asia is arguably the critical region in Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” vision. In short, relationships have now evolved into one of the most cordial and important ones for Japanese diplomacy. However, its path was never straightforward. This seminar highlights critical junctures of Japan-Southeast Asian relations after World War II and discuss the future of Japan-Southeast Asia relations in the context of intensifying US-China strategic competition.

Questions are encouraged during the live event. REGISTER HERE


Dr. Kei Koga is Associate Professor at the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Concurrently, he is a Nonresident Fellow at The National Bureau of Asia Research (NBR), the United States, and a member of RIPS Research Committee, the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Japan. His recent publication includes Managing Great Power Politics: ASEAN, Institutional Strategy, and the South China Sea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022) and Getting ASEAN Right in US Indo-Pacific Strategy (Washington Quarterly, 2022). He received his Ph.D. in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

This event will be recorded and archived on YCAPS’ YouTube channel.

Visit Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) website for more information.

This event is supported through the Japan Foundation New York’s Salary Assistance Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

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