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Since launching the Fukuda Doctrine in 1977, Japan has had a long-standing interest in and relationship with Southeast Asia. Anchored in its development assistance, Japan has engaged with Southeast Asian countries in multifaceted ways, from its support for ASEAN and its effort to develop multinational organizations in the Asia-Pacific region to grass-root exchanges. In recent years, these activities have been discussed in a new context of “capacity-building” and “peace-building.” Kei Koga and Nobuhiro Aizawa shared their expertise on the challenges of this engagement and made policy recommendations for the future.
WHAT: A discussion on Japan’s engagement in Southeast Asia.
Nobuhiro Aizawa, Associate Professor, Kyushu University
Nobuhiro Aizawa is an Associate Professor at Kyushu University and a specialist on Southeast Asian politics. Prior to joining Kyoto University, Professor Aizawa was a researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). He also has worked at the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies and has been a Visiting Fellow at both Cornell University and Chulalongkorn University.
Richard Cronin, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center
Richard P. Cronin is a Distinguished Fellow at Stimson. Cronin joined Stimson in 2005 after a long career with the Congressional Research Service. He is the author of Hydropower Dams on the Mekong: Old Dreams, New Dangers, (Asia Policy, July 2013) and is the lead co-author of Mekong Turning Point: Shared River for a Shared Future (Stimson, 2012).
Kei Koga, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University
Kei Koga is an Assistant Professor in the Public Policy and Global Affairs Program at Nanyang Technological University. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Studies Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; a Vasey Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS; and a RSIS-MacArthur Visiting Associate Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.
Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Associate, Stimson Center
Yuki Tatsumi is a Senior Associate with the Stimson Center East Asia Program. Previously, Tatsumi worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as the Special Assistant for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. She is a recipient of the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award and earned the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan in 2012.
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