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The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN



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  • This year, 2023, marks the 50th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN Friendship and Cooperation. The 50th anniversary catchphrase is "Golden Friendship, Golden Opportunities." In this month's issue of Highlighting Japan, we feature the 50-year history and introduce some leading examples of the many international cooperation projects that have been or are being implemented by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and have built the foundation for today's friendly Japan-ASEAN relationship, along with a look at prospects for the future.

  • This year, 2023, marks the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. We'll look back at the history of the ASEAN-Japan relationship of friendship, cooperation, and various exchanges over the past half century, and introduce the initiatives in this milestone year


  • Interview with Tanaka Akihiko, President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

  • Introducing the Project on Seamless Health and Social Services Provision for Elderly Persons, an international cooperation project for response to Thailand's aging population

  • Introducing the project for clean energy power transmission in Laos, and the Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project, an international cooperation project in response to flooding in the Philippines

  • Introducing landmine removal in Cambodia and peacemaking efforts in Mindanao, the Philippines

  • Introducing the Project for Enhancing the Quality and Efficiency of Developing and Implementing Laws in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and other projects

  • Introducing Japan International Cooperation Agency's (JICA) projects for transportation and traffic in Mekong region countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam)

  • Introducing an international cooperation project for the revitalization of Cambodia's water supply system

  • Introducing technical cooperation for the development, implementation, and utilization of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbooks in Indonesia