Informal ASEAN Plus Japan Ministerial Meeting on Sports
24 August 2015
On 13 August 2015, the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports (AMM-S) was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Minister Hakubun Shimomura, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, attended AMM-S and Informal ASEAN Plus Japan Ministerial Meeting on Sports was held for the first time.
Minister Shimomura remarked referring to a Vision Statement marking the 40th anniversary of friendship between Japan and ASEAN and adopted at the special ASEAN-Japan Summit in 2013, that Japan would like to create beneficial ripple effects across ASEAN region through the power of sports toward the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
For this cooperation, Minister Shimomura proposed to hold a Japan-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports in 2017, as well as to invite all ASEAN member states to World Forum on Sport and Culture which Japan will host in 2016.
ASEAN Ministers expressed their deep appreciation for the support extended by Japan through its Sports for Tomorrow program so far and welcomed the new proposals from Japan.