ASEAN and Japan first established informal dialogue relations in 1973, which was later formalised in March 1977 with the convening of the ASEAN-Japan Forum. Since then, significant progress has been made in the ASEAN-Japan relations. Cooperation has broadened and deepened, covering political and security, economic and financial, and social and cultural areas.
The relations have been further enhanced and strengthened by the signing of the “Tokyo Declaration for the Dynamic and Enduring ASEAN-Japan Partnership in the New Millennium”, together with the “ASEAN-Japan Plan of Action” at the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit held in December 2003 in Tokyo. The adoption of the Joint Statement of the 9th ASEAN-Japan Summit on the Deepening and Broadening of ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership in December 2005 in Kuala Lumpur further contributed to deepening of ties.
The 13th ASEAN-Japan Summit on 29 October 2010 in Ha Noi decided to commence the process of reviewing the Tokyo Declaration for the Dynamic and Enduring ASEAN-Japan Partnership in the New Millennium and its Plan of Action with a view issuing a new declaration and the revised Plan of Action at the 14th ASEAN-Japan Summit to be held in 2011 in Indonesia.
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