Japan - Southeast Asia

Chronology from Jan 1974 to Mar 2002

: Brunei Crown Prince Billah visits Japan.

: Over 300 Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force members leave for East Timor on UN peacekeeping operations.

: The first meeting on Economic Policy Support for Indonesia is held in Jakarta.

: Vice FM Sugiura visits Indonesia to attend Regional Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons, and Related Transnational Crimes.

: Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Sugiura Seiken visits Brunei.

: Japanese PM Koizumi visits Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines; Koizumi proposes “Comprehensive Economic Partnership” in his speech to Southeast Asian nations in Singapore.

: Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Japan Quadripartite Ministerial Meeting on the Development of Areas along the Eastern Part of the East-West Economic Corridor is held in Thailand.

: Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra meets Emperor Akihito and PM Koizumi in Japan.

: ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Brunei.

: Tokyo announces planned dispatch of 700 troops in March for UN peacekeeping operation in East Timor.

: Asia Cooperation Conference on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships is held in Tokyo.

: President Megawati and Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro meet in Tokyo.

: FM Kono Yohei visits Singapore, Indonesia, and East Timor.

: Regional Conference on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships is held in Tokyo; delegations from 16 Asian nations participate.

: PM Obuchi visits Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos, seeking “bridging” role between Southeast Asian nations and G-8.

: East Timor donor’s meeting is held in Tokyo; Japan pledges $100 million aid to East Timor.

: ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Manila.  Japanese PM Obuchi Keizo and Myanmar PM Than Shwe meet for the first time since 1988.

: PM Obuchi Keizo visits Vietnam for ASEAN and ASEAN Plus Three Summits; Obuchi announces “Obuchi Initiative.”

: Japan’s Cambodian election monitoring team is in Cambodia.

: Tokyo dispatches six C-130H military transport aircraft to evacuate Japanese citizens in Indonesia to Singapore.

: Foreign Minister Obuchi Keizo visits Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore; Obuchi gives a keynote speech in Singapore entitled “Japan and East Asia: Outlook for the New Millennium” and announces a $43 billion aid package to the region.

: PM Hashimoto visits Indonesia to urge newly re-elected President Suharto to accept IMF package and conditions.

: Japan resumes financial aid to Myanmar in the form of $20 million for Yangon International Airport repairs.

: Prime Minister Hashimoto Ryutaro visits Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore, proposes that Japan and ASEAN states hold regular summits and bilateral security talks.

: Japan participates in the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia election monitoring team.

: Second Japan-ASEAN summit in Manila.

: First Japan-ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur.  Then-Prime Minister Fukuda Takeo pays official visits to five ASEAN countries and Burma; Fukuda announces the “Fukuda Doctrine,” calling for cooperation between Japan and ASEAN countries, in Manila.

: Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei visits Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand; anti-Japan demonstrations break out in Indonesia and Thailand.

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