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About ASEAN-Japan Centre


The ASEAN-Japan Centre consists of a Council, an Executive Board and a Secretariat.


  • The supreme policy-making body of the organization, consisting of 11 directors appointed by and representing each Member State
  • Approves the annual program and budget, appoints the Secretary General, etc.

Council Directors of the ASEAN-Japan Centre, as of February 1,  2023

Brunei DarussalamDr. Hajah May Fa’ezah Haji Ahmad Ariffin


Permanent Secretary (Economy)
Ministry of Finance and Economy

Kingdom of CambodiaH.E. Mr. YEAP Samnang


General Department of ASEAN
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Republic of IndonesiaMr. Didi Sumedi


Director General
National Export Development
Ministry of Trade

JapanMr. ARIMA Yutaka


Director-General / Assistant Minister
Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lao People’s Democratic RepublicMr. Chatoulong Bouasisavath


ASEAN Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MalaysiaDr. Sugumari A/P S. Shanmugam


Senior Director
ASEAN Economic Integration Division
Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

Republic of the Union of MyanmarH.E. Mr. Soe Han 


Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Republic of the PhilippinesMr. Robespierre L. Bolivar


Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Japan

Republic of SingaporeMs. Eunice Koh


Assistant CEO
Asia Pacific
Enterprise Singapore

Kingdom of ThailandMr. Phusit Ratanakul Sereroengrit 


Director General
Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP)

Socialist Republic of VietnamMr. Vu Ba Phu


Director General
Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (VETRADE)
Ministry of Industry and Trade

Executive Board

  • Consists of 11 representatives appointed by each Member State
  • Supervises the activities of the Secretariat so that the decisions of the Council are implemented
  • Advises the Secretary General when necessary


  • The executive arm of the organization. Led by the Secretary General, it consists of the Office of Secretary General, the Office of General Affairs and one operational department consisting of the Research and Policy Analysis (RPA) Cluster, the Capacity Building (CB) Cluster, the Trade and Investment (TI) Cluster and the Tourism and Exchange (TE) Cluster
  • Executes the annual program and implements the decisions of the Council
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