The 18th Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (AJJCC)

On 10 June, the 18th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (AJJCC) was held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. H.E. KIYA Masahiko, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, and H.E. Pantipha Iamsudha Ekarohit, Permanent Representative of Thailand as Country Coordinator for Japan, co-chaired the meeting, having attendance from Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States and delegates, as well as H.E. Dato’ Astanah Abdul Aziz, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Political Security Community from the ASEAN Secretariat. Ms. HAYAKAWA Rena, Official of the Regional Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also attended the meeting.
AJJCC this time was an important opportunity to follow up on the new Joint Vision Statement and its Implementation Plan for the first time after the 50th year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and the Commemorative Summit last year. In around six months since their adoption, 81 of the 130 items (approximately 62%, 16 out of 43 areas) of the implementation plan have already been addressed. This result is a testament to the seamless implementation of close cooperation between ASEAN and Japan thus far. The meeting also discussed regional and international affairs.
The new Joint Vision Statement has the subtitle “Trusted Partners”. Together with ASEAN, Japan will continue to deepen and expand cooperation toward the next 50 years.