ASEAN Lecture Series: Japan’s “New” Approaches to Southeast Asia
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Japan has a long-standing presence in Southeast Asia and is a key ASEAN Dialogue Partner. It is the region’s largest provider of foreign direct investment, second only to the EU28 states. Nevertheless, Japan labours under a perception playing catch up to China in the wake of the latter’s charm diplomacy and Beijing’s economic ascendancy. In response, the Abe Administration has given increased priority to Southeast Asia in an effort to booster Japan’s regional economic, political-security and diplomatic presence. What are these new initiatives designed to cultivate new strategic relations and strengthen existing bonds? What is the impetus driving Japan’s increased profile in the Mekong 5 countries? What security role could Japan realistically expect to undertake in the region given its domestic legal and cultural constrains?