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About ASEAN-Japan Centre

Membership, History and Mandates

ASEAN-Japan Centre Overview

The ASEAN-Japan Centre was established on May 25, 1981 based on the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN Promotion Centre on Trade, Investment and Tourism signed between the governments of the founding member countries of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, and Japan. Later on, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar acceded to the Agreement. Now all 10 ASEAN Member States and Japan are members of the Centre.

Originally, the Secretariat was located on the 6th floor of the World Import Mart Building, Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. In April 1987, the Centre was relocated to the Central Building in Ginza 4-chome. In March 2009, the Centre was relocated to the Shin Onarimon Building in Shimbashi, where it currently remains.

 

Membership

 

Chronology

1981
5.25

 Establishment of the ASEAN-Japan Centre

 (Founding member countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Japan)

1990
6.8
 Accession of Brunei Darussalam
1998
2.12
 Accession of Vietnam
2001
6.11
 Accession of Cambodia
2002
3.20
 Accession of Lao PDR
2006
4.27
 Accession of Myanmar
2009  Establishment of the ASEAN-Japan Hall
2011

 Expansion of the investment and tourism promotion programs from one-way to two-way

 Launch of the 4th mission: exchange of persons

2018

 Implementation of structural reform

 

Mandates

  • to promote exports from ASEAN to Japan

  • to accelerate flow of investment flows between Japan and ASEAN

  • to vitalize tourist traffic between Japan and ASEAN

  • to  expand exchanges of persons between Japan and ASEAN