Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and the 40th Anniversary of Fukuda Doctrine

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On 27 October 2017, Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and the 40th Anniversary of Fukuda Doctrine was held under the auspices of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, the Embassy of Japan in Indonesia and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Jakarta.

H.E. Yasuo Fukuda, Former Prime Minister of Japan, Chairman for Japan Indonesia Association, and H.E. Prof. Dr. Ir. Ginandjar Kartasasmita, Former member of the Presidential Advisory Council (Wantimpres), Chairman of Indonesia-Japan Friendship Association, made a Keynote Speech respectively. The symposium also had two panel discussions.

More than 400 guests including H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary General for ASEAN, Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors to ASEAN, officials from Indonesia and researchers participated in the seminar.

Summary of Keynote Speech of H.E. Yasuo Fukuda, Former Prime Minister of Japan is as follows.

 
【Summary of Keynote Speech of H.E. Yasuo Fukuda, Former Prime Minister of Japan, Chairman of the Japan Indonesia Association】

- It is a great pleasure to be able to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN. When ASEAN was founded in the late 1960s, some ASEAN countries were still in their early years of independence with very young political and economic systems. Since then, ASEAN has found success through “the ASEAN Way”, which is defined by mutual respect and acceptance of diversity. ASEAN has been singled out as the most successful organization on regional cooperation. It has also been expanding its presence in terms of the economy and political-security, as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

- The strength of the Japan-ASEAN relationship is founded on the Fukuda doctrine, which was declared in 1977 and marked a decisive turning point in our relationship. The doctrine espouses the following three principles: (1) Japan’s rejection of the role of a military power; (2) a “heart-to-heart” relationship of mutual trust; and (3) equal partnership between Japan and ASEAN. The spirit behind the doctrine has not grown dim in the slightest and continues to shine as the bedrock of Japan’s diplomacy towards ASEAN.

- Next year is a milestone year that will mark the 60th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between Japan and Indonesia. It is not an exaggeration to say that Indonesia’s development is essential for realizing the development and economic integration of ASEAN. Notably, the ASEAN Secretariat and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) are both located in Jakarta. Over the years, the Japan–Indonesia relationship has been evolving into one where we can tackle common regional and global challenges together based on a deep sense of mutual understanding and the fundamental values that we share, such as our commitment to freedom, democracy, and a market economy.

- ASEAN is brimming with infinite possibilities. Its progress in free trade and investment is expected to continue. As it progresses, it is important for ASEAN to aim for a yet more enhanced form of economic cooperation, and then go further still to realize that vision across an even wider region. Japan’s relationship with ASEAN will remain unchanged as we walk the next 50 years together. As we engage in “heart-to-heart” exchanges, the Japan–ASEAN relationship will surely reach further heights.

 
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【Panel discussion 1: Contributions of Japan and Indonesia to further development of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)】
・Dr. Yasushi Ueki, Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
・Dr. Zamroni Salim, Senior Economist, LIPI
・Prof. Tirta Mursitama, Head of Department of International Relations, Bina Nusantara University
 
【Panel discussion 2: Contributions of Japan and Indonesia to further development of ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC)】
・H.E. Sumadi Brotodiningrat, Former Ambassador to Japan and United States
・Dr. Adriana Elisabeth, Head of Research Center for Politics, LIPI
・Dr. Edy Prasetyono, Executive Director of ASEAN Study Center, University of Indonesia