The First Meeting of Japan-ASEAN Eminent Persons Group

March 10, 2008

  1. The First Meeting of Japan-ASEAN Eminent Persons Group will be held in Tokyo on March 18 (Tue).
  2. The establishment of the Eminent Persons Group was agreed at the 10th ASEAN-Japan Summit held in Cebu, Philippines in January last year. In November of the same year at the 11th ASEAN-Japan Summit, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and the leaders of the ASEAN countries agreed to start up the meeting quickly.
  3. The aim of the Eminent Persons Group is to offer concrete recommendations from a wide point of view, to further deepen future cooperation between Japan and ASEAN and to broaden the strategic partnership between Japan and ASEAN.
  4. After the First Meeting in Japan, the Second and the Third Meetings will be held in the ASEAN countries. At the next ASEAN-Japan Summit meeting to be held in Thailand at the end of this year, recommendations will be presented to the leaders.
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