The Heads of State/Government  of  the  Member  States  of  the  Association  of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan gathered in Tokyo on 14 December 2013  to  commemorate  the  40th Anniversary  of  ASEAN-Japan  Friendship  and Cooperation under the theme “Thoughts Connected, Future Connected” and adopted the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and its Implementation Plan.

Encouraged by the establishment of ASEAN Community in 2015 and acknowledging the need to thereafter further deepen and enhance ASEAN Dialogue Partnership and external relations, including the relationship between ASEAN and Japan, we reaffirm the importance of friendly, equal relations, mutually beneficial and meaningful partnership between ASEAN and Japan. We reaffirmed the shared commitment to maintain peace, security, and stability in the region in accordance with the universally recognised principles of international law, as well as the peaceful resolution of disputes, including full respect for legal and diplomatic processes, without resorting to the threat or use of force.

Noted with satisfaction the steady progress in the implementation of the Vision Statement and its Implementation Plan, the revised Implementation Plan was developed and adopted by Foreign Ministers on 6 August 2017, Manila, in order to further strengthen cooperation to support the integration process of ASEAN in accordance with “ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together”.

Download the full Statement Here.