Japan-Asean Economic Relations: An Interdependent Economic Relationship?

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Mala Selvaraju


After its defeat, Japan slowly recovered, eventually emerging as an economic superpower. Today Japan is the single most important economic power in the Western Pacific region and a major economic influence in the world. Japan's success in re-entering Southeast Asia was all the more remarkable in view of the fact that most countries in the region maintained strong economic links with their former colonial masters.  The economic ties between Japan and Southeast Asia have now become so intimate that other aspects of what is really a very complex relationship tend to be forgotten.  This article attempts to do no more than examining, in a broad and rather general fashion, the economic relationship between Japan and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).  The objective is to see whether the resources, markets, the geostrategic and geo-economic importance of regional trade, investment and aid will be discussed in this context.  So too will Japan;s Comprehensive National Security Policy and its significance, especially its impact on Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA). 


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SELVARAJU, Mala. Japan-Asean Economic Relations: An Interdependent Economic Relationship?. JATI - JOURNAL OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES, [S.l.], v. 5, p. 55-68, dec. 2000. ISSN 2600-8653. Available at: <https://jati.um.edu.my/article/view/6490>. Date accessed: 22 may 2019.