Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and then Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe attend the East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019. Japan has long-standing ties with Southeast Asia, and those ties are likely to continue growing with the region’s centrality in the notion of the Indo-Pacific. Photo: Reuters Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and then Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe attend the East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019. Japan has long-standing ties with Southeast Asia, and those ties are likely to continue growing with the region’s centrality in the notion of the Indo-Pacific. Photo: Reuters
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and then Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe attend the East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019. Japan has long-standing ties with Southeast Asia, and those ties are likely to continue growing with the region’s centrality in the notion of the Indo-Pacific. Photo: Reuters
Akash Sahu
Opinion

Opinion

Akash Sahu

Japan is keeping Southeast Asia at the heart of its Indo-Pacific strategy

  • Japan has made great strides in becoming one of the most favoured countries by Southeast Asian nations, thanks to its financial assistance and investment
  • Nations in the region trying to balance between China and the United States might do well to consider hedging their bets and diversifying towards Japan

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and then Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe attend the East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019. Japan has long-standing ties with Southeast Asia, and those ties are likely to continue growing with the region’s centrality in the notion of the Indo-Pacific. Photo: Reuters Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and then Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe attend the East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019. Japan has long-standing ties with Southeast Asia, and those ties are likely to continue growing with the region’s centrality in the notion of the Indo-Pacific. Photo: Reuters
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and then Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe attend the East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019. Japan has long-standing ties with Southeast Asia, and those ties are likely to continue growing with the region’s centrality in the notion of the Indo-Pacific. Photo: Reuters
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