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November 2013

40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation

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PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
Prime Minister visits the Republic of Turkey.

COVER STORY
40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation

FEATURES

A Hopeful Future for Asia - 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation and in celebration, a series of events are taking place in Japan. The relationship between Japan and ASEAN began at the ASEAN Synthetic Rubber Forum in 1973 where Japan discussed rubber export problems ASEAN countries (five countries at that time).

Dr. Shiraishi Interview

In continuing to grow together, what will be expected of Japan? Dr. Takashi Shiraishi is the president of GRIPs and is an expert in Asian politics and international relations, we asked him about some of the issues that Japan should tackle in further strengthening the relationship with ASEAN at the same time as looking back at the path that have been taken so far.

The MRT Jakarta project

Aside from being a good location for factories, Jakarta is gaining attention for its consumer-goods market and is as capital one of the fastest growing countries in Asia. Construction of the first Indonesian underground rail system is underway in Jakarta.

Indonesian, Filipino and Vietnamese are the supporters of Japan's aging population

Japan and ASEAN countries are also business partners. Especially in the past five years, in fields such as medical facilities and care centers in Japan, ASEAN's bright population is helping to support.


JICE - Sharing the lessons learnt from disasters

The region occupied by ASEAN countries is one of the most susceptible to natural disasters such as typhoons and earthquakes, a characteristic that is shared with neighboring Japan. Disaster preparedness strategies are a pressing issue, and are high on the agenda for ASEAN countries. The Japanese government is investing a lot of effort in its contribution to disaster preparedness strategies in ASEAN countries.

Creating energy together: new joint energy development programs

The markets of ASEAN countries have experienced rapid growth in the past 20-30 years, and have achieved dramatic growth as an independent economic zone. However, many countries not only do not have the capital to pay for modernization projects, but also do not possess the cultural and technical know-how to continue on with these projects once started. For this reason, ASEAN countries have high expectations of assistance from Japan.

What it means to welcome ethnically and religiously diverse visitors

Following the decision to make Tokyo the venue for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, an increase in foreign visitors to Japan, including athletes from throughout the world, competition related personnel, as well as the welcoming of travelers and provision of hospitality through inbound promotion is expected.

SERIES

STUDENTS' CORNER
Shichi-go-san

In Japan, those are special ages and there is a day to celebrate kids reaching this milestone in their lives.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Deep-see drilling with Chikyu

Cutting-edge technology in earthquake research

JAPANESE ABROAD
Dance dance dance!: Yuriko Kajiya

Classical ballerinas look like fleeting things, made of air, moving like butterflies, petite, delicate women that express with their body, tales without words. The reality of their story is often quite different. She became the only Japanese soloist in ABT.

47 PREFECTURES: FROM A TO Y
Ishikawa

Gems of traditional crafts and foods in Wajima

Iwate

In search of ama-chan`diving girl', a visit to Kuji and Tono