ASEAN and Japan mark the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation in 2013. ASEAN and Japan’s cooperative partnership began in 1973 with the establishment of ASEAN-Japan forum on synthetic rubber. Through years, ASEAN and Japan have forged close cooperation towards peace, stability, development and prosperity in Asia. They have established close business with total trade amounting to USD248 billion in 2011. ASEAN Member States are major foreign direct investment destinations for Japanese enterprises.

For 2013, ASEAN Member States and Japan plan to carry out exchange projects on a wide range of fields, including political dialogue, economy, culture, youth, and tourism. The ASEAN Secretariat and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan invite events showcasing exchange between ASEAN Member States and Japan. Organisers of endorsed events will be entitled to use the official logo and catchphrase of 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan exchange.

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