The Forum on the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation is a significant event that celebrates a longstanding partnership that has benefited both regions for half a century. The Forum aims to further enhance and strengthen this partnership by bringing together experts, policymakers, and stakeholders from both ASEAN, specifically Malaysia and Japan to exchange ideas and explore new avenues for cooperation.
The Forum will focus on the ASEAN-Japan relations in the context of Malaysia, a country that has enjoyed strong diplomatic and economic ties with Japan. The Malaysia-Japan relationship has deep roots, with the Look East Policy (LEP) introduced in 1982 being a key driver in strengthening the bilateral relationship. The LEP has facilitated numerous initiatives such as educational exchanges, which have seen thousands of Malaysians visiting Japan for study and training. Additionally, Japanese companies have invested heavily in Malaysia, providing significant employment opportunities for Malaysians and boosting the country’s economy.
In conjunction with the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific (KSI) is organising this commemorative Forum on the theme of “Innovating for Progress: Reflecting on 50 Years of ASEAN-Japan Cooperation”. The Forum aims to provide exposure to Malaysian businesses, entrepreneurs and civil society leaders on the best practices from Japan – values, business practices, and innovation. The speakers with exposure from Japan or Japanese companies will be sharing insights and experience with the audience. This Forum is supported by the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia.
The objectives of the Forum are as follows:
1. Provide exposure to Malaysian businesses, entrepreneurs and civil society leaders on the best practices from Japan, specifically values, business practices, and innovation and;
2. Enhance Malaysia-Japan people-to-people relations and linkages between businesses, think tanks and civil society.