Japan and ASEAN countries revise Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation
Newly appointed Foreign Minister Hon. Taro Kono attended a meeting of his counterparts within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila on August 6-8, 2017. At the meeting, Japan and ASEAN foreign ministers agreed to adopt a revised Implementation Plan of the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, called ‘Shared Vision, Shared Identity, Shared Future’. Under the original vision statement adopted in 2013, Japan provided JPY2.3 trillion (US$20 billion) in ODA to ASEAN countries. The revised vision statement covers various development sectors such as health, education, disaster management, infrastructure development, and measures against terrorist attacks. The progress will be regularly monitored and annually reported to the ASEAN-Japan Summit.