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Japan's Twin Challenges

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Still reeling from the aftershocks of the Asian economic crisis of the late 1990s, the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations find themselves confronting both internal structural problems and external challenges, such as the threats to the Southeast Asian region posed by Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism. Japan, currently searching for ways to escape its own economic mire, is also faced with challenges from beyond its own borders, not least the unstoppable onward economic march of China. In the following article, Eric Teo, council secretary of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, argues that, just as the ASEAN nations must seek to heal their own internal division, Japan must resist the temptation to focus solely on its own domestic economic woes and instead actively engage its ASEAN neighbors, as well as South Korea and China, in order to forge a role for itself as a member of the greater East Asian community.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2003-05-01

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