JAIF News

ASEAN representatives push for stronger cooperation on ERW issue

23 April 2019

ASEAN representatives discussed how to promote cooperation among Member States as well as regional and international organisations in order to effectively address and eliminate mine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in the region at a seminar in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 22-23 April 2019.

The Regional Seminar on Full and Effective Operationalization of ARMAC: Enhancing Regional Efforts in Addressing ERW through Integrated Approach was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Consumer Affairs Agency supported the observational site visit on "ethical consumption" for officials of ASEAN member states

19 April 2019

The Consumer Affairs Agency supported the implementation of the program Capacity Building Workshop and Observational Site Visit for the project “Promotion of Sustainable Consumption in ASEAN” for consumer protection officials of ASEAN Member States from 6 to 9 March 2019. The Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines serves as the project proponent. The project is based on the growing momentum for sustainable consumption among ASEAN countries aiming for further economic development under the “ASEAN Community Vision 2025.” The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), with the cooperation of the Japan Productivity Center (JPC) as an implementing agency.

In order to observe trends on “Ethical Consumption” in Japan, discussions with experts and observational site visits were held with companies in Tokyo and Kyoto working on sustainable business.

In this project, the Consumer Affairs Agency will continue to provide support in order to contribute to the dissemination of “Ethical Consumption” and plan to hold ASEAN-led regional forums and develop sustainable consumption toolkits for the purpose of awareness raising of the stakeholders.

NYC monitors implementation of projects initiated by JENESYS beneficiaries in Nueva Ecija

12 April 2019

The personnel of the International Programs Unit of the National Youth Commission (NYC) visited the Central Luzon State University in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija recently to take part in the projects initiated by the beneficiaries of the Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS 2.0 Social Community Course) and JENESYS2018 Japan ASEAN Students' Conference.

With the activities initiated by the youth beneficiaries of the international exchange programs facilitated by the NYC, the Commission hopes that the other beneficiaries will be able to replicate similar community or school based activities as a manifestation of sharing with fellow Filipinos what they have learned from their visits to foreign countries like Japan.

The JENESYS 2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

JENESYS2018 – ASEAN + Timor-Leste Youth Leader Exchange

9 April 2019

As part of the JENESYS2018 programme, more than a hundred youth leaders from ASEAN and Timor-Leste gathered in Tokyo last week to learn from Japan’s experience and expertise in utilising technology to address and solve the region’s issues. The participants learned about food tourism, disaster prevention, history of manufacturing, as well as historical heritage.

ASEAN + Timor-Leste Youth Leader Exchange is organised as part of the 2018 Japan East-Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS2018). Since its inception in 2007, JENESYS has contributed to enhancing people-to-people interaction, cultural awareness, and mutual understanding among the youth of ASEAN and Japan.

ASEAN youth leaders learn to solve regional issues through technology

4 April 2019

More than a hundred youth leaders from ASEAN and Timor-Leste gathered in Tokyo to learn from Japan’s experience and expertise in utilising technology to address and solve the region’s issues.

ASEAN + Timor-Leste Youth Leader Exchange is organised as part of the 2018 Japan East-Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS2018). Since its inception in 2007, JENESYS has contributed to enhancing people-to-people interaction, cultural awareness, and mutual understanding among the youth of ASEAN and Japan.

ASEAN Autism Mapping's Lao PDR's National Workshop for Policy Recommendations on Autism

19 March 2019

A national workshop for the development of policy recommendations on autism in each ASEAN Member State was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 19 March 2019. The activity is part of the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The project is being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.

Learning through Philippines Flood Risk Management Approaches

18-21 March 2019

The frequency of large-scale natural disasters has increased in recent years, as is evident from the rise in the number of disaster events, and the severity and scale of their impact. Immediate action is required to counteract the growing disaster-related losses. With the direct effect of climate change on disasters, linking disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation becomes a necessity. To forge a more resilient and inclusive future, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), through the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group of Prevention and Mitigation, with support from the Government of Japan, through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), is partnering with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and CTI Engineering (CTII), to implement the project “Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Risk Assessment.” This is in support of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Work Programme 2016-2020, aimed towards “building resilient ASEAN Community to reduce disaster losses and collectively respond to disasters.”

JENESYS2018 In-bound Program (ASEAN Youth Leaders Exchange: ASEAN 10 Countries and Timor-Leste)

18 March 2019

One hundred and seven (107) college students from 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam) and Timor-Leste, as part of the "ASEAN Youth Leaders Exchange Program," will visit Japan from 19 to 26 March.

The participants are divided into four groups according to themes of "tourism and food, disaster prevention technology, history and environment of manufacturing, and historical heritage protection." They will visit theme-related facilities in Tokyo, Hokkaido, Miyagi, Aichi, Gifu, and Okayama prefectures. The group will deepen the understanding of Japan widely through site visits and interaction with local residents. In addition, at the debriefing session before returning from Japan, participants will share experiences with each other.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

JENESYS2018 In-bound Program (Japanese Language Communication/Cultural Exchange: Singapore)

18 March 2019

As a part of JENESYS2018, sixteen (16) students from Singapore's higher professional school will visit Japan from 19 to 26 March. The students will visit Fukuoka prefecture after a tour in Tokyo based on the theme of "Japanese language communication and cultural exchange." They will conduct site visits to historical buildings and school exchanges. In addition, they have an opportunity to directly experience the charm of Japan through cultural experiences such as homestay.

It is hoped that through this program, young people who will be responsible for the future of Singapore will deepen their understanding and interest in Japan in various ways, and actively communicate their experiences in Japan and the attractiveness of the technological field of Japan.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

The 13th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting

18 March 2019

ASEAN and Japan agreed to explore new initiatives for cooperation to further advance their strategic partnership following the 13th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting held at the ASEAN Secretariat on 14 March. A number of activities have been planned in 2019 such as the continuation of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths programme and the adoption of a joint statement on connectivity by the Leaders at their Summit in November this year.

ASEAN Autism Mapping's Thailand National Workshop for Policy Recommendations on Autism

16 March 2019

A national workshop for the development of policy recommendations on autism in each ASEAN Member State was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 16 March 2019. The activity is part of the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The project is being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.

ASEAN, Japan reaffirm commitment to advance ties

15 March 2019

ASEAN and Japan agreed to explore new initiatives for cooperation to further advance their strategic partnership following the 13th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) Meeting held at the ASEAN Secretariat on 14 March.

ASEAN welcomed Japan’s continued support for ASEAN Community-building including its contribution to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund to support cooperation programmes and projects aimed at enhancing connectivity and narrowing development gaps in the region. Both sides agreed to further streamline and provide necessary flexibilities to facilitate the utilisation of the Fund.

The 13th ASEAN-Japan JCC Meeting was co-chaired by Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to ASEAN Tran Duc Binh and Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN Kazuo Sunaga.

The Project on “Support for Capacity Building of the GMS University Consortium:” Management and Leadership Development Workshop II and University Visit

11-13 March 2019

On 11-12 March 2019, the first GMS-UC activity of 2019, “Management and Leadership Development Workshop II,” welcomed university leaders and government representatives from five countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam, and Thailand at Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar with warmest and cordial hospitality of the Department of Higher Education, Myanmar and East Yangon University. The workshop is part of the project Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC). The topics covered were leadership, coaching and being coached, quality assurance process, and higher education in the context of “Our World: Our Future.” The workshop aimed to enhance the potentials of member universities to be able to strategically envision the big picture and respond to the global and regional contexts of the 21st century.

The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

ASEAN Hometown Improvement Forum

7-8 March 2019

Relevant project stakeholders from ASEAN and Japan gathered for the “ASEAN Hometown Improvement Forum” in Bangkok, Thailand on 7-8 March 2019. In the forum, participants shared experiences and recommendations on inclusive hometown as well as fostered partnerships and connections among project partners and stakeholders. The activity is part of the Project for ASEAN Hometown Improvement through Disability-Inclusive Communities Model supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The project is being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.

Youth explores sustainable development at Japan-ASEAN Students Conference

7 March 2019

A total of 144 university students from ASEAN, Timor Leste, and Japan deepened their understanding on sustainable development during the week-long Japan-ASEAN Students Conference in Tokyo and Miyagi, Japan from 19 to 25 February.

The programme provided an avenue for students to network and exchange views on issues which are related to their academic backgrounds and relevant with the United Nations 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals. Other activities included visits to Edo-Tokyo Museum, the University of Tokyo, and Tokyo Metropolitan City.

The conference was organised as part of the 2018 Japan East-Asia Network of Exchange Programme for Students and Youth (JENESYS2018).

ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights on Persons with Disabilities

4 March 2019

The ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities represents the culmination of a collaborative and cross-pillar initiative of ASEAN organisations and entities to enhance the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in the ASEAN Community.

Its development is part of the project Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights on Persons with Disabilities

1 March 2019

The ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities represents the culmination of a collaborative and cross-pillar initiative of ASEAN organisations and entities to enhance the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in the ASEAN Community.

Its development is part of the project Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

JENESYS2018 In-bound Program (Sports Exchange Women’s Soccer: Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam)

27 February 2019

One hundred fifty-nine (159) U-19 Women’s Soccer players and stakeholders from seven (7) ASEAN member states will visit Japan to participate in “ASEAN Sports Exchange (Women’s Soccer).” The group will visit Okinawa Prefecture under the theme of "sports exchange (soccer)” and will attend lectures on Asia’s contribution in Japanese soccer, etc., in cooperation with the Japan Football Association. During their stay, the group will have joint practice among young players from eight (8) countries including Japan at Cape Zampa Ball Park and Yomitan Athletic Field.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

JENESYS 2018 In-bound Program “Japan ASEAN Student Conference:” Participants Pay Courtesy Call to Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

26 February 2019

On February 25, one hundred forty-three (143) college students from the ASEAN member states, Timor Leste, and Japan participating in JENESYS2018 "Japan ASEAN Student Conference," paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Norikazu Suzuki.

H.E. Suzuki expressed his pleasure that participants could deepen their understanding of Japan, through regional visits and exchange of views, under the theme of "what youths in Asia can do to realize a sustainable world." He hopes that the young participants will continue to interact and act as a bridge between Japan and ASEAN countries after returning home.

Subsequently, from the two representatives of the participating students, appreciation was expressed with the prospects for Japan and ASEAN in the future and enthusiasm for activities after returning home. "Declaration of Action" was submitted as an output of the meeting.

The JENESYS 2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

Myanmar Productivity Center to be established for development of management and technology of SMEs

23 February 2019

In a bid to boost the productivity of Myanmar’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the government will set up the Myanmar Productivity Center this year, said U Ko Ko Lwin, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry. He made the remarks at a roundtable to implement the plan for the Myanmar Productivity Center at the Novotel Hotel on 23 February.

The initiative is part of the project Capacity Building of Industrial Human Resource Development Organization for Productivity Improvement in Myanmar (Phase II) supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). This project was preceded by the pilot project to increase SME productivity in January 2016 carried out by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry-UMFCCI and the Japan Productivity Center, also supported through JAIF.

Workshop Report: For Experts from National Institutions of ASEAN Countries and National Laboratories

21 February 2019

In September 2018, at the Technology Center of TÜV Rheinland Japan, a 4-day workshop on "Advanced Conference on Safety Technology" was held for national institutions of ASEAN countries and engineers of national laboratories. This workshop was implemented as part of a technical support activity for the project Capacity Building for Conformity Assessment for Information Technology Equipment (ITE) in ASEAN Member States supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). In this project, workshops on topics such as product safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) test method, test equipment, standards, etc., were held in Japan, Indonesia, and Viet Nam for five times from June 2018 to December 2018.

JENESYS2018 In-bound Program (10 ASEAN Member States and Timor Leste) “Japan ASEAN Student Conference”

18 February 2019

One hundred thirty-two (132) college students from the ten (10) ASEAN member states and Timor Leste will visit Japan to participate in the "ASEAN Student Conference" from February 19 to 26. In the conference, university students from Japan and the participating countries are divided into groups based on six subjects. They will listen to lectures, visit related facilities, exchange opinions with the stakeholders, and hold workshops under the common theme of "what youths in Asia can do to realize a sustainable world." Before returning home, the participants will announce the "Declaration of Action" as the output of the conference in Tokyo. In addition, they will visit farmers and have exchanges with local high school students.

The JENESYS 2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

Visits to Partner Schools for Autism for the ASEAN Autism Mapping Project

16-20 February 2019

The ASEAN Autism Mapping team visited partner schools for autism in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam on 16-20 February 2019. The activity is part of the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The project is being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.

ASEAN Landslide Risk Management Case Visit

13 February 2019

Thirty (30) staff members on disaster management from ASEAN member countries participated in the study of geological disaster management in Uttaradit Province, Thailand.

The case visit is part of a series of activities of the project Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Ambassador Sunaga’s participation in the preliminary seminar of the research project on “Lessons Learned from a Process of Conflict Resolution between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) as Mediated by Indonesia, 1993-1996”

12 February 2019

On February 7, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the preliminary seminar of the research project on “Lessons Learned from a Process of Conflict Resolution between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) as Mediated by Indonesia, 1993- 1996” held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta. The Government of Japan supports this project through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Ambassador Sunaga emphasized the importance of the project and expressed his hope that the outcome of the project would contribute to the conflict resolution in the ASEAN region. The attendees to the seminar included H.E. Rezlan Izhar Jenie, Executive Director, ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, H.E. Jose Tavares, Director General of ASEAN Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, and Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States, as well as Mr. Naoyuki Ochiai, who has engaged in the process of the Mindanao Peace Process as a member of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a long time.

Visit and Meeting with Partners for the ASEAN Autism Mapping Project

11-15 February 2019

The ASEAN Autism Mapping team, headed by its Project Manager Mr. Pongwattana Charoenmayu, met with partners of the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region in Singapore on 11-15 February 2019. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and is being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.

JENESYS2018 In-bound Program (22nd Batch) (Viet Nam) Supporting People with Disabilities

8 February 2019

Five (5) participants who are involved in support of persons with disabilities/victims of Agent Orange defoliants in Viet Nam will visit Japan from February 12 to 19, as a part of JENESYS2018.

The delegates will visit Tokyo, Kyoto Prefecture, and Hyogo Prefecture under the theme of "Exchange in Supporting Children with Disabilities." They will visit theme-related facilities and historical buildings. In addition, they will deepen their understanding of Japan through experiencing traditional Japanese culture and having exchange with the local residents.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

JENESYS2018 In-bound Program (22nd Batch) (Mekong 5 Countries) Improvement of Air Quality Exchange

8 February 2019

Twenty-seven (27) young public servants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam will visit Japan from February 12 to 19, as part of JENESYS2018.

The group will visit Tokyo, Aichi Prefecture and Mie Prefecture under the theme of "Air Quality Improvement Exchange." They will attend keynote lectures at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Environment and visit theme-related facilities. In addition, they will deepen their understanding of Japan widely through visits to historical buildings and experience traditional Japanese culture.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

Inception Workshop of the Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment Project

8 February 2019

Delegates gathered at the inception workshop to discuss ways climate change projections can be integrated into training and risk assessments within ASEAN countries. This workshop serves as an enriching forum for experts and participants to exchange needs and expectations as ASEAN Member States (AMSs) move towards building people's resilience to disasters.

The workshop is the first of many exciting milestones for our Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projections into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment program, in collaboration with the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group of Prevention and Mitigation, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and CTI Engineering International, with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Inception Workshop of the Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment Project

8 February 2019

Experts form across #ASEAN came together to discuss scenarios and ways to #integrating #climatechange #projection into #flood and #landslide risk assessment in #ASEAN.

The workshop is the first activity of the project Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Inception Workshop of the Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment Project

8 February 2019

Mr. Hans Guttman of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center presented the importance of pooling together experiences and approaches to tackle increasing climate change impacts, at the ASEAN Project on #DRR by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment.

The workshop is the first activity of the project Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Inception Seminar: ASEAN Project on Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Management

7 February 2019

Delegates gathered at the inception seminar to discuss ways that climate change projections can be integrated into risk assessments within ASEAN countries. This seminar serves as an enriching forum for experts and participants to exchange needs and expectations as ASEAN moves towards building people's resilience to disasters. It is the first of many exciting milestones for the ASEAN Project on Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projections into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment.

The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

ASEAN members visited the Disaster Learning Center at Uttaradit Province

2 February 2019

Representatives from ASEAN member countries visited the Disaster Learning Center at Uttaradit Province in Thailand to study the flooding incident at Nam Phai Subdistrict, Nam Pat District, Uttaradit Province in 2011.

The case visit is part of a series of activities of the project Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

ASEAN continues improving monitoring and evaluation capacity

1 February 2019

ASEAN continued improving its capacity to track progress of its community-building as ASEAN government officials participated in a workshop on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, from 29 to 31 January. The three-day workshop aimed to address knowledge gaps and build capacity in the area of M&E especially in relation to the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2025. Officials from the ASEAN ministries of labour, civil service, disaster management and environment participated in the workshop. Participants also included national representatives from the Senior Officials’ Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (SOCA).

The workshop is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Training on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint

1 February 2019

ASEAN is beefing up its capacity to track progress of its community-building journey in order to serve the people better. Government officials from ASEAN Member States who are looking after the socio-cultural community participated in a three-day workshop on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The workshop aimed to address knowledge gaps and build capacity in the area of M&E especially in relation to the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2025.

The workshop is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Learning through Thailand’s Landslide Risk Management Approaches

31 January-3 February 2019

ASEAN Member States are highly vulnerable to climate change, as is evident from the rise in disaster events and the severity and scale of their impact. Immediate action is required to counteract the growing disaster losses. With this direct effect of climate change on disasters, linking disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation becomes a necessity. Linking integrated hazard and risk assessments with future climate projections can help Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and other developmental planning domains, give appropriate solutions to address future risks. To forge a more resilient and inclusive future, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), through the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group of Prevention and Mitigation, with support of the Government of Japan, through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund, is partnering with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, and CTI Engineering to implement the project on disaster risk reduction by integrating climate change projection into risk assessment through a pilot project. This is in support of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Work Programme 2016-2020.

JENESYS2018 In-bound program (21st Batch) (Japanese Communication/ Japanese Cultural Exchange: Indonesia)

31 January 2019

Thirteen (13) high school students from Indonesia will visit Japan from February 5 to 13, as part of JENESYS2018. The group will visit Hokkaido after hearing the lecture in Tokyo, with the theme of "Japanese Communication-Japanese Cultural Exchange." They will have cultural experiences and engage with local residents and high school students. In addition, they will have the opportunity to visit Takigawa City, Hokkaido, and have direct encounter with Japan's charm through homestay.

Through this program, it is expected that human resources who will be responsible for the future of Indonesia will deepen understanding and interest in Japan diversely and actively disseminate Japan's attractiveness in the technical field and experience at the time of their visit.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

Follow-Up Meetings and Courtesy Visits to ASEAN Autism Mapping Project Partners and Stakeholders

29 January-1 February 2019

The ASEAN Autism Mapping team, headed by its Project Manager Mr. Pongwattana Charoenmayu, met with partners of the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region in the Philippines on 29 January to 1 February 2019. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and is being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.

JENESYS 2018 In-bound Program (20th Batch) (Japanese Communication/Cultural Exchange: Viet Nam)

28 January 2019

Twenty four (24) high school students and university students from Viet Nam will visit Japan from January 29 to February 5 as part of JENESYS2018. The group will visit Tokyo and Gunma Prefecture under the theme of “Japanese communication and Japanese cultural exchanges.” The delegates will visit historical buildings and experience traditional Japanese culture and will also deepen their understanding of Japan through exchange with local high school students and homestay at local residents.

The JENESYS 2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

JENESYS2018 In-bound Program (20th Batch) (Young Diplomats Exchange/Young Officials Exchange: Indonesia)

25 January 2019

Ten (10) young diplomats and five (5) young administrative officials will visit Japan from January 29 to February 5 as part of JENESYS2018. The delegates will visit the relevant facilities in Tokyo based on the theme of “politics/ administration.” They will experience both the culture and charm of Japan through visiting historical buildings in Yamaguchi Prefecture, receiving lectures, and having exchange with Indonesian international students at Yamaguchi University.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

JENESYS2018 In-bound Program (18th Batch) (Japanese Communication/Japanese Cultural Exchange: Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand)

21 January 2019

Sixty (60) high school students and young adults from Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand will visit Japan from January 22 to 29, as part of JENESYS2018. The group will visit Tokyo, Ishikawa prefecture, Yamagata prefecture, and Hokkaido under the theme of "Japanese communication and Japanese cultural exchange." In addition to visiting historical buildings and experiencing Japanese traditional culture, the delegates will also have exchange with students from local school and homestay at local residents.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

11th ASEAN-Japan Counter-Terrorism Dialogue

18 January 2019

The 11th ASEAN-Japan Counter-Terrorism Dialogue will be held on February 21 and 22 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.

The 11th Dialogue will be co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Eiji Yamamoto, Ambassador in charge of International Cooperation for Countering Terrorism and International Organized Crime and Mr. Pengiran Muhamad Sazali Pengiran Yakob, Permanent Secretary (Security and Enforcement), the Prime Minister's Office, Brunei Darussalam. The Dialogue will be attended by officials from Japan, all the ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat and some International Organizations.

This Dialogue was launched in 2006 based on the decision made at the ASEAN-Japan Summit Meeting held in December 2005. It has been a forum to exchange views on the current situation related to terrorism and discuss various projects funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), which contribute to the region-wide counter-terrorism measures. At this Dialogue, implementation of UNSCR 2396 addressing return and relocation of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) will be one of the main agendas.

The 3rd ASEAN-Japan Cybercrime Dialogue

18 January 2019

The 3rd ASEAN-Japan Cybercrime Dialogue will be held on January 23 and 24 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.

The 3rd Dialogue will be co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Eiji Yamamoto, Ambassador in charge of International Cooperation for Countering Terrorism and International Organized Crime and Mr. Pengiran Muhamad Sazali Pengiran Yakob, Permanent Secretary (Security and Enforcement), the Prime Minister's Office, Brunei Darussalam. The Dialogue will be attended by officials from Japan, all the ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat and some International Organizations.

This Dialogue was inaugurated in 2014 as a follow-up to the commitment made at the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in December 2013. The 3rd Dialogue is held to confirm the importance of Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention) with ASEAN Member States, to exchange information on trends and lessons learned to combat cybercrime, and to discuss ASEAN-Japan cooperation on cybercrime, such as capacity building to fight against cybercrime and the direction of concrete activities to be funded by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The Mid-term Review Meeting of the Project on Support for Capacity Building in the GMS University Consortium (GMS-UC) and University Visits

17 January 2019

On 17 January 2019, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED) successfully held the mid-term review meeting of the project “Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Subregion University Consortium (GMS-UC) (Phase 1)” at Wiang Inn Hotel, Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Chaired by Dr. Chanavit Sujatanond, Centre Director of SEAMEO RIHED, the meeting was actively attended by 17 delegates including the representatives from ASEAN Secretariat and SEAMEO Secretariat, the core experts for the project, and the national government representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. It had been a crucial opportunity to review and reflect on the first year of the project’s implementation, as well as to share the second year plan comprising another four capacity building activities and university visits which will be organized all throughout 2019.

The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

JENESYS2018 In-bound Program (18th Batch) (Sports Exchange Karate/Judo: Myanmar)

11 January 2019

Sixteen (16) Judo/Karate players from Myanmar will visit Japan as part of JENESYS2018 from January 15 to 22. The group will visit Tokyo and Fukuoka prefecture under the theme of "sports exchange (karate/judo)." The group will deepen their understanding of Japan through visiting historic buildings, experiencing traditional Japanese culture, and interacting with local high school students through sports and with local residents through homestay.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

Meeting with Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Norikazu Suzuki and Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi

8 January 2019

Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Norikazu Suzuki met with ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi on 8 January 2019. The Vice Minister mentioned the Joint Statement commemorating the 45th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN Friendship Cooperation issued at the Japan-ASEAN Summit in November 2018 and expressed Japan’s hope to further strengthen Japan-ASEAN relations.

In response, Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi expressed his appreciation for Japan's cooperation, including support through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and expressed hope for continuous cooperation between Japan and ASEAN in various fields.

JENESYS2018 In-bound Program (18th Batch) (Culture and Art Exchange: Indonesia)

7 January 2019

Eight college students from Indonesia will visit Japan as part of JENESYS2018 from January 15 to 22, under the theme of "cultural and artistic exchange." The students will attend lectures in Tokyo, visit Kochi prefecture to experience traditional culture, and meet the local residents and universities.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

ASEAN holds dialogue on the rights of persons with disabilities

21 December 2018

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened the 2018 Dialogue to mainstream the rights of persons with disabilities in the ASEAN Community from 3 to 5 December in Bangkok.

Focusing on the theme “Accessibility Through Universal Design,” the dialogue gathered participants from ASEAN sectoral bodies, government officials, organisations of persons with disabilities, national human rights institutions and experts on disability rights. It commenced with the launch of the “ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” in conjunction with commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The dialogue was organised by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, the Representative of Thailand to the AICHR, with support from Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund and the Australian Government.

2018 AICHR Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community (Accessibility through Universal Design)

20 December 2018

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened the 2018 Dialogue to mainstream the rights of persons with disabilities in the ASEAN Community from 3 to 5 December in Bangkok.

Focusing on the theme “Accessibility Through Universal Design,” the dialogue gathered participants from ASEAN sectoral bodies, government officials, organisations of persons with disabilities, national human rights institutions and experts on disability rights. It commenced with the launch of the “ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” in conjunction with commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The dialogue was organised by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, the Representative of Thailand to the AICHR, with support from Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund and the Australian Government.

Ambassador Sunaga’s participation to the Graduation Ceremony of ACE Programme

17 December 2018

On December 14, 2018, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the graduation ceremony of Batch Five of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, and celebrated the graduation of 17 participants. Attendees to the ceremony included Ms. Adelina Kamal, Executive Director of the AHA Centre, and H.E. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.

The ACE Programme is an over 4-month training for future leaders of national disaster management offices (NDMO) in ASEAN countries conducted by the AHA Centre. The Programme is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The Programme commenced in 2014 and the Batch Five just concluded.

New Graduates of the ACE Programme

14 December 2018

As a region that is prone to natural disasters, ASEAN continues to build itsresilience and capacity to manage humanitarian emergencies. Today, 17 disaster management professionals graduated from an intensive four-month course organized by the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre).

The AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme focused on humanitarian context, leadership, logistics and data management, among others. Thanks to the support of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund and other partners.

Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for Socio-cultural Community Kung Phoak remarked that ASEAN’s future can be more secure with the help of these future humanitarian leaders, responders, and managers.

New Graduates of the ACE Programme

14 December 2018

Four months have passed with thousands of memories and tons of lessons to bring back home. Congratulations to the 17 new graduates of the Batch Five of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme .

The ACE Programme is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). It commenced in 2014 and the Batch Five just concluded.

Preparing the Future Leaders of Disaster Management in ASEAN

14 December 2018

The AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme is designed to prepare future leaders of disaster management in ASEAN. It is by far the most intensive disaster management training programme in the region. Through the support of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the AHA Centre concluded the conduct of the Batch Five of the ACE Programme today.

Ambassador Sunaga’s participation to the Graduation Ceremony of Attachment Programme

11 December 2018

On December 10, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the graduation ceremony of the Attachment Programme and celebrated the graduation of 12 participants. Attendees to the ceremony included H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Dr. Huang Anh Tuan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political Security Community, H.E. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, H.E. Norng Sakal, Permanent Representative of Cambodia to ASEAN and Chair of IAI Task Force, and Permanent Representatives of ASEAN countries.

The Attachment Programme dispatches young governmental officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (CLMV) to the ASEAN Secretariat for one year, with a view to enhancing administrative capacities of the participants and narrowing the gap between CLMV countries and other six ASEAN countries. The program has produced excellent officials till now. The Government of Japan has supported the program through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

JENESYS2018 In-bound Program (17th Batch) (Peacebuilding Exchange: Indonesia)

10 December 2018

As part of JENESYS2018, 27 people from Universitas Islam Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, Indonesia's two major Islamic organizations, will visit Japan from December 11 to 18 under the theme of "Peacebuilding exchanges." The group will visit Tochigi prefecture and Miyagi prefecture, local governments, broadcasting stations, and universities and exchange opinions with local residents and business people.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

Ambassador Sunaga’s participation to the AICHR Regional Dialogue

6 December 2018

On December 3, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Regional Dialogue held in Bangkok, Thailand. The Dialogue was attended by H.E. Gen. Anantaporn Kanjanarat, Minister of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand, H.E. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and H.E. Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political-Security Community.

At the opening session, Ambassador Sunaga congratulated the adoption of ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025 at the ASEAN Summit last month as the culmination of the program on mainstreaming of the rights of persons with disabilities, which Japan supported over the last three years.

JENESYS2018 In-bound Program for ASEAN Youths (15th Batch)

30 November 2018

Ten young politics-oriented Cambodians will visit Japan as a part of the JENESYS 2018 program from December 2 to 8.

Under the theme of “Japanese multiparty democracy,” the group will attend lectures and visit the House of Representatives and other institutions in Tokyo. Afterwards, they will visit Ibaraki Prefecture and observe the process of a prefectural assembly election. In addition, they will visit notable sites and historical buildings in each area to deepen their understanding of Japan. The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

ASEAN ERAT 10th Induction Course

28 November 2018

The 10th induction course of the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ERAT) will be held on 8 December 2018 in Bogor, Indonesia. Thus far, there are 256 ERAT- trained personnel from all 10 ASEAN Member States. The team has been activated to support 25 emergency responses across the region.

The AHA Centre, with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), currently implements the project ASEAN-ERAT Transformation Project - Phase I.

JENESYS2018 Thailand

27 November 2018

Fourteen high school students from Thailand visited Japan from 6-13 November 2018 to participate in the JENESYS2018 exchange program on the theme of “Japanese Conversation and Japanese Culture.” The delegates experienced Japanese culture through visits in a museum and a local high school, among others.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

ACE Programme goes to Japan

24 November 2018

Participants to the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme are visiting the tsunami-affected site and various agencies in Japan to learn firsthand about the full cycle of disaster management. It starts with prevention and mitigation, emergency responses, all the way to reconstruction and recovery.

The AHA Centre, with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), currently implements Batch 5 of the ACE Programme.

JENESYS2018 Cambodia

21 November 2018

Twenty university students from Cambodia stayed in Japan from 30 October-11 November 2018 to participate in the JENESYS2018 exchange program on the theme "Monozukuri (Manufacturing) and Technology.” The delegates experienced Japanese culture and industry through visits in a university and a factory, among others.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

JENESYS2018 Thailand

15 November 2018

Twelve high school students from Thailand stayed in Japan from 29 October-6 November 2018 to participate in the JENESYS2018 exchange program on the theme "Monozukuri (Manufacturing) and Technology.” The delegates experienced Japanese culture and industry through visits in technical junior colleges, research institutes, among others.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

21st Japan-ASEAN Summit Meeting

14 November 2018

On Wednesday, November 14, the Japan-ASEAN Summit Meeting was held in the Republic of Singapore chaired by H.E. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore. H. E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister, attended from Japan.

Japan’s Prime Minister remarked that this year marks the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and welcomed the issuance of the Joint Statement of the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit to Commemorate the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. Specific JAIF supported projects on counter-terrorism, cybercrime, disaster management, culture, and information were highlighted. In addition, forthcoming initiatives on environment and the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) were also acknowledged.

Joint Statement of the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit to Commemorate the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation

14 November 2018

The Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan, gathered in Singapore on 14 November 2018 at the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

ASEAN and Japan reaffirm the importance of Japan’s support for ASEAN integration and ASEAN’s efforts in realising ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together, including through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) as well as Japan’s full respect and support for ASEAN unity, cohesiveness, and centrality in shaping the evolving regional architecture.

Chairman’s Statement of the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit

14 November 2018

The 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation was held in Singapore on 14 November 2018. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, and attended by all Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States and H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also in attendance.

ASEAN Leaders expressed appreciation for Japan’s generous contributions over the years towards ASEAN’s development, including through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Specific JAIF supported projects on counter-terrorism, cybercrime, disaster management, culture, and information were highlighted. In addition, forthcoming initiatives on environment and the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) were also acknowledged.

JENESYS2018 Myanmar

13 November 2018

The participants of JENESYS2018 Inbound Program Myanmar with the theme “Film and Art Exchange” have created their social media page.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

ASEAN’s Response to Typhoon Mangkhut

12 November 2018

During the response to Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines last September 2018, ASEAN provided support for the government and the affected communities in the Philippines, in partnership with Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund, valued at around USD 276,000.

JENESYS2018 Myanmar

12 November 2018

Ten young and upcoming filmmakers from Myanmar stayed in Japan from 23-30 October 2018 to participate in the JENESYS2018 Inbound Program Myanmar with the theme “Film and Art Exchange.” The delegates experienced Japanese traditional arts and film history through visits in a graduate school, national film archive, among others.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

JENESYS2018 Malaysia

8 November 2018

Twenty-two young managers in energy and environmental fields stayed in Japan from 23-29 October 2018 to participate in the JENESYS2018 Inbound Program Malaysia with the theme “Energy Technology and Cultural Exchange.” The delegates experienced Japanese energy technology and culture through visits in water treatment facilities, biomass power plants, thermal power stations, historical landmarks, among others.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

JENESYS2018 Lao PDR

8 November 2018

The participants of JENESYS2018 Inbound Program Lao PDR with the theme “Environment and Disaster Prevention Technology” have created their social media page.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

JENESYS2018 Lao PDR

7 November 2018

Sixteen high school and university students stayed in Japan from 16-23 October 2018 to participate in the JENESYS2018 Inbound Program Lao PDR with the theme “Environment and Disaster Prevention Technology.” The delegates experienced Japanese disaster prevention and culture through visits in cities, which received tremendous damages from the devastating tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The delegates also participated in a disaster prevention field tour called “the road of survivors (Inochi no Michi).”

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

Batch 5 of the ACE Programme

2 November 2018

Participants from Batch 5 of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme just concluded their valuable learnings on the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) through their visit in the DELSA Warehouse in Subang, Malaysia. Colleagues from the World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) also shared about the important components of a humanitarian supply chain and how it works in the different phases of emergency cycle.

ASEAN representatives join standards and quality testing workshop

2 November 2018

ASEAN representatives participated in the “ASEAN Proficiency Testing (PT) training workshop on ISO/IEC 17043: 2010 (E)” on 1-3 October 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. About 40 participants from six Product Working Groups (PWGs) under the ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) participated in the workshop.

The workshop was supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund and coordinated by the National Metal and Materials Technology Center, which is under the purview of the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand.

Report of 20-Year History of ADRC

1 November 2018

The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) published its Report of 20-Year History of ADRC to commemorate the organization’s 20th anniversary. Four projects supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) were part of the report namely: Utilization of Satellite Image on Disaster Management, Capacity Building of Local Government Officials on Disaster Management, Development of Web-Based GLIDE Associated Disaster Event Databases for ASEAN Countries, and Promotion of Disaster Education in Schools.

ACE Programme Photo Diary

31 October 2018

September 2018 saw the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme hit full swing, with 17 participants from 9 ASEAN nations beginning their journey towards becoming the next crop of ASEAN disaster management professionals. A wide array of workshops and learning sessions took place throughout September.

The AHA Centre, with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), currently implements Batch 5 of the ACE Programme

Batch 10 students share their JENESYS2018 experience

31 October 2018

JENESYS2018 participants share their experience during the exchange program for Japanese students from the Japan Football Association (JFA) Academy Fukushima. Along with other participants, the 10th batch students visited Cambodia and participated in various activities including friendly soccer games.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

JENESYS2018 Indonesia

25 October 2018

Seven local government officials of Papua, Indonesia stayed in Japan from 9-16 October 2018 for JENESYS2018 Inbound Program Indonesia-Japanese Culture Exchange. They visited a Japanese IT enterprise, agricultural research institute, disaster control training center and local high school to observe Japan’s cutting-edge technologies and high expertise in varied fields.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

Ambassador Sunaga’s participation in the Regional Autism Awareness Day (4th ASEAN Autism Network Congress) under the Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region

24 October 2018

On October 20, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the opening ceremony of an enlightenment event for the Regional Autism Awareness Day in Jakarta, which is part of the Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD). The government of Japan is supporting this project through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). At this event, athletes with autism held a parade, and the participants interacted with each other through sports activities such as running and swimming, which led to the awareness of autism.

2018 ASEAN Autism Games held today

20 October 2018

After the Asian Para Games, the ASEAN Autism Games (AAG) is taking place today at the Soemantri Brodjonegoro sports center, South Jakarta. The event, which is the main activity of the 4th ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) Congress, will be held until tomorrow, October 21. The Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) joins the celebration through the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region.

ASEAN Autism Games 2018

20 October 2018

The 4th ASEAN Autism Games kicked off on 20 October 2018 in Jakarta. The biennial games are a flagship event of the ASEAN Autism Network. This year, the games are hosted by Yayasan Autisma Indonesia and London School of Public Relations Jakarta, with support from the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and ASEAN Secretariat.

JFTC starts new technical assistance project under Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund

19 October 2018

The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and the ASEAN Expert Group on Competition (AEGC) start the project Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region – Second Phase, with Indonesia’s Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU) as proponent and with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The first phase of the project was also supported through JAIF.

JENESYS2018 Singapore

18 October 2018

Eighteen university students from Japan stayed in Singapore from 9-16 October 2018 for JENESYS2018 Outbound Program to Singapore aiming to deliver attractiveness of Japanese cultures.

The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

4th AAN Congress: ASEAN Autism Games 2018

16 October 2018

Through the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region, the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) joins the celebration of the 4th ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) Congress and ASEAN Autism Games on 20-21 October 2018 in Indonesia.

Please, watch their Games

16 October 2018

About a week after the Asian Para Games event, the 4th ASEAN Autism Games (AAG) will be held in Jakarta. Along with the celebration will be the Regional Autism Awareness Day in Jakarta, which is part of the Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

ASEAN Mobile Storage Units in Palu, Sulawesi

11 October 2018

ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team members are putting the final touch to the second Mobile Storage Unit (MSU) in Palu Airport. With the support of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund, ASEAN MSUs are the first to arrive and operate in Palu, Sulawesi.

ASEAN Mobile Storage Units in Palu, Sulawesi

11 October 2018

Have you ever wondered where relief items are stored when buildings are collapsed? MSU or mobile storage unit is the answer. It can store ample relief items such as family kits, tents and others.

MSU is part of ASEAN relief items stocked for emergencies in the region and they are available with the support from Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

#ASEAN Solidarity with Indonesia

11 October 2018

The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) has installed Mobile Storage Units in Palu to serve as temporary portable warehouse for incoming relief items. Many governments and private institutions have offered help to Indonesia and this is one of the many ways that ASEAN is supporting Indonesia.

The AHA Centre, with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), currently implements the project Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA) - Phase II: Satellite Warehouse.

Project on Support for Capacity Building of the GMS University Consortium: Internationalization and Cross-Border Education Workshop I

10-11 October 2018

On 10-11 October 2018, the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development successfully organised the Internationalization and Cross-border Education Workshop I at Phnom Penh Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This workshop is part of the two-year project on Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC), intended to provide a platform for the GMS-UC members to discuss on potentials and challenges, share good practices as well as identify available resources on internationalisation and cross-border education in order to enhance the capacity in internationalizing higher education among the member universities and respective countries.

The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Thai artist, Tachaphon Pholkongseng, singing at the 2nd ASEAN Music Festival

8 October 2018

The 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival as Celebration of the 45th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation gathered artists from Japan and ASEAN, including artist from Thailand Tachaphon Pholkongseng. It was held on 4 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

Thai artist, Tachaphon Pholkongseng, singing at the 2nd ASEAN Music Festival

8 October 2018

The 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival as Celebration of the 45th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation gathered artists from Japan and ASEAN, including artist from Thailand Tachaphon Pholkongseng. It was held on 4 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

JENESYS2018 Japan-Mekong U-17 Football Exchange Tournament opens

6 October 2018

On 5 October 2018, the JENESYS2018 Japan-Mekong U-17 Football Exchange Tournament opened at J-Village in Fukushima. The tournament is conducted as part of the JENESYS2018, a programme promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

The event will serve as an exchange platform for the youth in Japan and the five countries of the Mekong Region.

Five Mekong Countries-Japan Youth Sports Exchange (Football)

6 October 2018

The JENESYS2018 Japan-Mekong U-17 Football Exchange Tournament opened on 5 October 2018 in Fukushima, Japan. The tournament is conducted as part of the JENESYS2018, an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

ASEAN-Japan Music Festival held

4 October 2018

The 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival as Celebration of the 45th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation gathered artists from Japan and ASEAN. It was held on 4 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

ASEAN-Japan Music Festival

4 October 2018

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival as Celebration of the 45th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation on 4 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

ASEAN-Japan Music Festival

4 October 2018

The 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival as Celebration of the 45th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation was held on 4 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

Sarah Geronimo meets other Asian superstars for ASEAN-Japan Music Festival

4 October 2018

The 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival as Celebration of the 45th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation gathered artists from Japan and ASEAN, including artist from the Philippines Sarah Geronimo. It was held on 4 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

Unknown sunken ship on seafloor of Malacca Strait confirmed by Japan’s survey

30 September 2018

On the sea floor of the Strait of Malacca, key straits of international sea transportation, multiple protrusions that appear to be sunken ships, were found on 29 September 2018. It was revealed by a hydrographic survey jointly carried out by Japan and three coastal countries namely Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. The Malacca Strait Council of Japan (MSC) has carried out the survey as part of efforts to further enhance the safety of navigation and the protection of marine environment.

This is the third survey to be carried out by MSC as part of the three-year project Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme: The First Regional Workshop

26-28 September 2018

The First Regional Workshop (the Inception Workshop) of the ASEAN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Frontrunner Cities Programme (SDGs-FC) was held on 26- 28 September 2018 in Tokyo and Nagano, Japan. There were about 70 participants comprising: (i) representatives from all ASEAN Member States (AMS) (except Brunei Darussalam and Singapore); (ii) the ASEAN Secretariat; (iii) local governments nominated as participating cities of SDGs-FCs; (iii) IGES (the implementing agency) and; (iv) resource persons from United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), UN-Habitat's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Japan’s Local Policy Design Office and the Japan-ASEAN Centre.

The SDGs-FC is a new initiative under the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC) supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). It aims to support ASEAN cities to achieve inclusive, sustainable, resilient and dynamic development in line with ASEAN Vision 2020. The programme strategically builds on the ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities Model Cities Programme (2011 – 2017), which had supported and recognised 40 frontrunner cities in their innovative practices/policies in bottom-up environmental management.

8th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

17 September 2018

The Task Force convened the 8th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community on 14-15 September 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Meeting finalised the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that encompasses all ASEAN Community Pillars and encourages ASEAN Bodies to take action in integrating and including disability perspectives to their work.

The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Thailand Representative to the AICHR and Mr. Richard Tan, Singapore Focal Point to Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD). It was supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the Australian Government.

8th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

17 September 2018

The Task Force convened the 8th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community on 14-15 September 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Meeting finalised the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that encompasses all ASEAN Community Pillars and encourages ASEAN Bodies to take action in integrating and including disability perspectives to their work.

The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Thailand Representative to the AICHR and Mr. Richard Tan, Singapore Focal Point to Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD). It was supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the Australian Government.

NEC enhances cybersecurity for ASEAN member states with training system in Thailand

14 September 2018

The NEC Corporation announced the building and operation of a system in cooperation with NEC Thailand for the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC), which develops cybersecurity human resources for ASEAN member states at the request of the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (Public Organization) or ETDA, a Thailand government agency.

The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre is a project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Southeast Asian cybersecurity center opens in Thailand

14 September 2018

A cybersecurity center opened in Thailand on Friday to train personnel from countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help combat cyber threats in the attack-prone region. About 700 cybersecurity personnel from Southeast Asia are expected to graduate from the Japan-designed programs, which include cyber defense, digital forensics and malware analysis.

The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre is a project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Southeast Asia boosts cybersecurity training with Bangkok center

14 September 2018

Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) opened a cybersecurity training center here on Friday to combat the growing threat of digital attacks as cross-border investment in the region rises and connected technologies like the "internet of things" spread. The Bangkok facility, dubbed the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Center, will share expertise on how to identify and defend against such attacks.

The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre is a project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Southeast Asian cybersecurity center opens in Thailand

14 September 2018

A cybersecurity center opened in Thailand on Friday to train personnel from countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help combat cyber threats in the attack-prone region. About 700 cybersecurity personnel from Southeast Asia are expected to graduate from the Japan-designed programs, which include cyber defense, digital forensics and malware analysis.

The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre is a project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Establishment of ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre

7 September 2018

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan has been cooperating with ASEAN member states in cybersecurity capacity building. As part of MIC’s initiative, the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) will be established in Bangkok, Thailand. The opening ceremony of the Centre will be held on September 14, 2018.
The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre is a project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The Teaching and Research Capacity Development Workshop I: Identification of Challenges and Setting Development Goal

3-4 September 2018

On 3-4 September 2018, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO-RIHED) organised the Teaching and Research Capacity Development Workshop I: Identification of Challenges and Setting Development Goal at Mercure Vientiane Hotel in Vientiane, Lao PDR. This activity is part of the project Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC), being implemented by SEAMEO RIHED in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat under the framework of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The project aims to enhance capacities of selected universities of the GMS-UC across areas of management and leadership, teaching, research, internationalisation and cross-border education.

Autism Mapping Project targeting 10 ASEAN members starts today

29 August 2018

The ASEAN Secretariat officially announced the commencement of the Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region to provide a credible report on autism for policymakers in the targeted 10 ASEAN members.

Proposed by the ASEAN Secretariat, through the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community and funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the program is currently being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Autism Network (AAN), and other key partners.

Ambassador Sunaga’s participation in the launching event for Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region

28 August 2018

On August 27, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the launching event for the Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region held at ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. The government of Japan supports this project through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Ambassador Sunaga welcomed the launch of this project and expressed his hope that the project would contribute to the promotion and protection of the rights and empowerment of people with autism in the ASEAN region.

Inclusive #ASEAN Community

27 August 2018

The Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region was launched on 27 August 2018 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

Promoting the Rights and Inclusion of Persons with Autism

27 August 2018

The Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region was launched on 27 August 2018 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region University Consortium (GMS-UC): The 1st Workshop on Management Leadership Development

15 -16 August 2018

The first Workshop on Management Leadership Development was held on 15-16 August 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar. The workshop is part of the two-year project on Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC) supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

At this workshop, experts, delegates from universities and government representatives learned and shared knowledge and experiences in university governance, management leadership and human resource development in global context, as well as to work on the university’s strategic planning.

Ambassador Sunaga’s participation to the opening ceremony of the ACE Programme

15 August 2018

On August 14, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the opening ceremony of Batch 5 of the AHA Centre Executive Programme (ACE Programme) held in Jakarta, and welcomed the 17 new participants. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, Ms. Adelina Kamal, Executive Director of the AHA Centre, and Ambassadors of ASEAN dialogue partners.

The ACE Programme is an over four-month training for future leaders of national disaster management offices (NDMO) in ASEAN countries conducted by the AHA Centre. The Programme is funded by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) since it commenced in 2014.

Story from Lombok

15 August 2018

The Mobile Storage Unit (MSU) picked up from the ASEAN logistic stockpile has been set up in Lombok by the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ERAT). Indonesia and the other ASEAN countries can access the emergency relief items which are managed by the AHA Centre, whenever required.

The AHA Centre, with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), currently implements two projects: Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA) - Phase II: Satellite Warehouse and ASEAN-ERAT Transformation Project.

Policy Dialogue and Network Building of Multi-stakeholders on Integrated Decentralized Domestic Wastewater Management in ASEAN Countries

6 August 2018

The project Policy Dialogue and Network Building of Multi-stakeholders on Integrated Decentralized Domestic Wastewater Management in ASEAN Countries jointly proposed by the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and Ministry of Public Works and Housing of Indonesia commenced on 11 July 2018 with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The two-year project aims to serve as a policy and institutional design development platform for multi-stakeholders on integrated decentralized domestic wastewater management and technology showcase of decentralized domestic wastewater treatment in ASEAN countries.

ASEAN Business Incubator Network convenes first project meeting

5 August 2018

Close to a hundred representatives from the region’s technology business incubators and start-ups convened at the 1st meeting of the Promoting SME Competitiveness through ASEAN Business Incubator Network (ABINet) project on 2-3 August 2018 in Jakarta.

The project is multi-year project and is designed to promote SMEs’ competitiveness and strengthening of technology and business incubators (TBIs) through capacity building and regional networking and linkages among the incubators in the ASEAN region. It is an initiative of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Chairman’s Statement of the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) 10+1 Sessions with the Dialogue Partners

4 August 2018

The Japan-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting was held in Singapore on August 2, 2018. It was co-chaired by the Honourable Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II of Brunei Darussalam, and H.E. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.

ASEAN and Japan reviewed their cooperation over the past year and discussed avenues to strengthen cooperation, including the implementation of their respective Plan of Action.

ASEAN delivers solar lanterns for flood-affected communities in Myanmar

3 August 2018

Following Tropical Storm 11 (Son-Tinh), combined with the monsoon season in ASEAN region, several ASEAN Member States have been severely affected by floods. Since early July 2018, the Jakarta-based ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) has been closely monitoring the situation in the region and providing updates to ASEAN Member States as well as its partners and stakeholders.

Since its establishment in November 2011, the AHA Centre has responded to 22 emergencies in 7 ASEAN countries. The solar lanterns delivered to 12,000 affected families in Myanmar were part of the initial batch of ASEAN relief items.

Japan-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

2 August 2018

The Japan-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting was held in Singapore on August 2, 2018. It was co-chaired by the Honourable Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II of Brunei Darussalam, and H.E. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.

ASEAN and Japan reviewed their cooperation over the past year and discussed avenues to strengthen cooperation, including the implementation of their respective Plan of Action.

ASEAN relief items arrive in Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Lao PDR

27 July 2018

In response to floodings in 10 provinces of Lao PDR, the Jakarta-based ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) is facilitating the mobilisation of ASEAN relief items for the flood-affected communities. The humanitarian assistance has arrived at Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, on Friday, 27 July 2018. Types of provided items include: mobile storage unit, aluminium boats, family tents, and personal hygiene kits. The relief items were transported from the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) regional stockpile based in Subang, Malaysia, by A400M military aircraft of the Royal Malaysian Air Force – with an estimated value of assistance of over 235,000 USD.

The ongoing mission is the Centre’s second emergency response to Lao PDR. The AHA Centre is also responsible in managing the DELSA regional stockpile with the support of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

ASEAN Autism Mapping's “Workshop on the Development of Methodology for Mapping of Country Profiles on Autism”

24-25 July 2018

A workshop on the “Development of Methodology for Mapping of Country Profiles on Autism” was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 24-25 July 2018. Workshop participants included representatives of the Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) and ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) from ten ASEAN countries.

The workshop is part of the project “Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region” supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The Kick-off of the Project on Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC) and the 1st Rectors Forum

20-21 July 2018

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED) organised the kick-off of the project “Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC)” and the 1st Rectors Forum at the Sukosol Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. This is the first activity of the project being implemented by SEAMEO RIHED in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat and with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The project aims to enhance capacities of selected universities of the GMS-UC across areas of management and leadership, teaching and research, and internationalisation and cross-border education.

Update Meetings and Discussions with Partners for the ASEAN Hometown Improvement Project

17-22 July 2018

A series of meetings and discussions with project partners for the “ASEAN Hometown Improvement through Disability-Inclusive Communities Model” were held in Hanoi and Da Nang, Viet Nam on 17-22 July 2018.

The project is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

ASEAN, Japan reaffirm commitment to further strengthen dialogue partnership

17 July 2018

ASEAN and Japan renewed their commitment to further advance partnership following the 12th Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) held at the ASEAN Secretariat.

The annual JCC meeting is a key mechanism to coordinate and review ASEAN-Japan cooperation. ASEAN appreciated Japan’s continued support for ASEAN Community building including through its contribution to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) as well as cooperation programmes to support ASEAN’s efforts in enhancing regional connectivity and narrowing the development gap.

Consultation Meetings for ASEAN Hometown Improvement Project

11-14 July 2018

A series of consultation meetings for the “ASEAN Hometown Improvement through Disability-Inclusive Communities Model” were held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 11-14 July 2018.

The project is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

7th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

9 July 2018

The Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community, comprising representatives from the AICHR, SOMSWD and ACWC, convened its 7th meeting on 6 July 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. At this meeting, the Task Force continued its deliberation on the draft ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which focuses on the finalisation of the draft Enabling Masterplan, including ways to ensure that the Enabling Masterplan is implementable, effectively monitored and reported.

The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Representative of Thailand to the AICHR and Mr. Richard Tan, SOMSWD Focal Point of Singapore with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund

30 June 2018

The AHA Centre’s The Column features the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) in its June 2018 edition. The Government of Japan through JAIF has been an integral partner for the AHA Centre (and by extension disaster management in ASEAN) since the programme’s founding years.

Thank you, Japan

30 June 2018

Did you know that the Government of Japan has established Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund in 2006 to support various development projects in health, counterterrorism, environment, outreach, economic integration, and of course disaster management?

Meeting with Foreign Minister Kono and ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi

26 June 2018

Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta and met with ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi. The Foreign Minster explained the position of Japan on further strengthening Japan-ASEAN relations towards the ASEAN related foreign ministers' meeting to be held in July this year and the ASEAN-related summit meeting to be held in November. Minister Kono introduced the ASEAN music festival to be held in Japan in October this year, touching that this year is the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship Cooperation.

Secretary-General Dato Lim also expressed his appreciation for the 45th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN Friendship Cooperation and expressed his appreciation for Japan's cooperation, including the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Foreign Minister Taro Kono reaffirms Japan’s commitment to strengthen strategic partnership with ASEAN

26 June 2018

As ASEAN and Japan commemorate the 45th Anniversary of Friendship and Cooperation this year, Japan conveyed its strong desire to further strengthen its partnership with ASEAN.

Foreign Minister of Japan, Taro Kono conveyed this message during his meeting with Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi at the ASEAN Secretariat today. Minister Kono underscored that Japan places high priority to its relations with ASEAN and conveyed Japan’s continued support to ASEAN Community building efforts, including through funding programmes and projects under Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

ASEAN and Japan reaffirm commitment to strengthen partnership

14 June 2018

ASEAN and Japan Senior Officials participating in the 33rd ASEAN-Japan Forum in Tokyo reaffirmed the importance of the ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership and renewed the commitment to further strengthen their close ties. The officials also discussed regional and international issues of common interest and concern and agreed to work together to address emerging challenges and promote peace and stability.

Advanced Personnel Training Program for Vessel Traffic Service

25 April 2018

Following the success of the project Development of VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) Capacity in 2017, the project to implement the VTS training courses for operators (both the modified course and short-term course) as well as the VTS manager course commences this year after establishing the remote data communication links between the ASEAN Regional Training Center for VTS (ARTV) and each ASEAN Member State, the first training facility of its kind to be set up in the ASEAN region.

The Advanced Personnel Training Program for Vessel Traffic Service is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

ASEAN strengthened its capacity in negotiating competition chapter in FTA

20 April 2018

In order to strengthen the capacity of competition authorities in negotiating competition chapter, Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition of the Republic of Indonesia (KPPU) and Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) convened a workshop on “Negotiating Competition Chapter in FTA” with the support of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The workshop was held in Surabaya, from 18-19 April 2018, and was attended by 32 participants from ASEAN Member States.

The activity is part of the project on “Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region” supported by the JAIF.

Workshop on ASEAN Mechanism to Enhance Surveillance against Illegal Desludging and Disposal of Tanker Sludge at Sea

17 April 2018

Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) organized a three-day workshop on 17-19 April 2018 in Batam, Indonesia. The workshop discussed the implementation of monitoring mechanisms for disposal of waste oil in ASEAN countries. It is expected that through the exchange of information among ASEAN member countries, each country can learn from the experience of other countries. The occasion was also expected to give birth to various recommendations related to the supervision of waste disposal into the waters.

The three-day event was attended by delegates from ASEAN countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

6th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

16-17 April 2018

The Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community, comprising representatives from the AICHR, SOMSWD and ACWC, convened its 6th meeting on 16 to 17 April 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Meeting continued its deliberation on the draft ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which identifies key action points based on the recognition and importance of inclusion of persons with disabilities in the political, legal, economic, social and cultural environments and the full realisation of their rights in all areas of the three ASEAN Community Blueprints.

Thailand to host ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Centre to be launched in June 2018

31 March 2018

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) of Thailand and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan jointly announced the preparation for the establishment of ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) in Thailand. The Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) revealed three courses to prepare cybersecurity workforce in ASEAN for the rising threats of cyber-attacks.

This project has received support from Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), including support in terms of technical expertise to enable effective delivery of cyber training for ASEAN Member States.

ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Center will be launched in Bangkok

31 March 2018

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIC) and Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) have announced the establishment of the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) in Thailand. The goal for the Centre is to ensure that ASEAN cybersecurity personnel are well equipped with both the knowledge and the skills to defend against advanced cyber-attacks.

This project has received support from Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), including support in terms of technical expertise to enable effective delivery of cyber training for ASEAN Member States.

ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre to be launched in Thailand in June 2018

31 March 2018

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) of Thailand and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan are partnering for the establishment of the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) in Thailand in June. The Centre is expected to play a key role in mitigating cybercrime in the region as well as getting ready for the establishment of ASEAN-CERT.

The project has received funding from Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund and supports in terms of technical expertise to enable effective delivery of cyber training for ASEAN Member States. MDES has mandated the Electronic Transactions Development Agency or ETDA to be the lead agency on this project, taking into consideration its extensive experience on cybersecurity workforce development.

Expert Meeting on Preparation of Operating Guidelines for GMS-UC Development Project (Phase 1)

19-20 March 2018

On 19-20 March 2018, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO-RIHED) organised the Expert Meeting on Preparation of Operating Guidelines for the project Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Subregion University Consortium (GMS-UC) (Phase 1). The meeting was held at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G in Bangkok, Thailand. This project, supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), is the first phase of the planned two-phased project to harmonize higher education in Southeast Asia, contributing to formulation of the Asian Higher Education Area in the future.

Phase two of the joint hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore commences

5 March 2018

The second phase of a joint hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) by the three littoral States – Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore – and the Malacca Strait Council of Japan officially commenced today. The data collected from the survey will be used to produce more up-to-date and detailed electronic navigational charts that will improve navigational safety and enable better voyage planning in one of the busiest waterways in the world.

Phase one of the joint hydrographic survey was completed in 2016. Phase two of the survey is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and is expected to be completed by 2020.

ASEAN launches cultural heritage digital archiving project

22 February 2018

The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project was launched this week to present ASEAN’s cultural heritage on one website, making it possible for the public to access some of ASEAN’s museum collections more easily. The online portal will consolidate select digital archives of cultural heritage including artefacts, old documents and paintings. The project will also supplement the existing digital archives of ASEAN member states as it will digitise cultural heritage objects.

The ACHDA project is being implemented by the ASEAN Secretariat with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

5th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

6 February 2018

The Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community convened its fifth meeting on 5-6 February 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting deliberated on the first draft of the “ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (MRPD),” which seeks to complement the implementation of ASEAN Member States’s commitments towards achieving an inclusive community as reaffirmed in the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025.

The AHA Centre deployed ASEAN-ERAT members to Myanmar

2 February 2018

The AHA Centre deployed the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) personnel to Myanmar on 15 – 31 January 2018. The team members were tasked to assist the work of the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) of Myanmar.
JAIF supports the AHA Centre through the projects “ASEAN-ERAT Transformation Project” and “Establishment of a Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA).”

Japan continues to support disaster management programme in ASEAN

25 January 2018

Following the successful implementation of the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) project during the period of 2012 – 2017, the Government of Japan continues supporting ASEAN in advancing its disaster management and preparedness strategies through the second phase of DELSA. This covers several activities to further enhance ASEAN’s preparedness and response capacity to reduce and address the impacts of natural disasters across Southeast Asian countries. It includes the establishment of two satellite warehouses in the Philippines and Thailand, in addition to the existing regional stockpile in Subang, Malaysia, and the development of long-term agreements with suppliers.

ASEAN focuses on selection and prioritization of sectors or industries for market studies

22 January 2018

The Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU), working together with Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam, held a two-day workshop on 17-18 January 2018 in Badi’ah Hotel, Bandar Seri Begawan. The workshop focused on “Selection and Prioritization of Sectors or Industries for Market Studies,” which was attended by more than 40 participants from 10 ASEAN member countries. The activity is part of the project on "Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region" supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Fifth ASEAN State of the Environment Report (SOER5)

12 January 2018

The Fifth ASEAN State of Environment Report was launched at the sideline of the 14th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment (AMME) on 12 September 2017 in Brunei Darussalam. The SOER5 was developed with support from UN Environment and the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and printed with support from Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF).

ASEAN enhances the effectiveness of competition authority in enforcement and advocacy

18 December 2017

The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and the Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition of the Republic of Indonesia (KPPU) facilitated a training on effective competition authority enforcement and advocacy on 6-8 December 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. The training was attended by 24 officials from competition authorities in ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretariat. The activity is part of the project on "Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region" supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

ASEAN officials gather in Jakarta to study the Law of the Sea

12 December 2017

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia, in collaboration with the United Nations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), hosted the first ASEAN-UN Training Workshop on the Law of the Sea on 12-14 December 2018 in Jakarta. The three-day workshop is co-sponsored by the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and the German Embassy in Jakarta.

JFTC holds the training course on strengthening the capacity in enforcing the competition law

5 December 2017

The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), in cooperation with the ASEAN Expert Group on Competition and the Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU Indonesia), will hold a training course on enhancing the effectiveness of competition authorities in enforcement and advocacy on 6-8 December 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The activity is part of the project on “Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region” supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Regional Workshop on Competition Analysis in e-Commerce

22 November 2017

The Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU) held a two-day workshop on 15-16 November 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop focused on growth on e-commerce and its impact to competition. The activity is part of the project on “Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region” supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

ASEAN Now and the Future Connectivity and Economic Corridors

6 November 2017

This video provides an overview about the series of documentary programs on ASEAN-Japan in the past years, especially focusing on the increasing ASEAN connectivity on the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) and the South Economic Corridor (SEC). The series is produced by four national TV broadcasters in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam, with technical assistance from NHK International of Japan.

Launching Workshop on "Climate Change in the ASEAN Coast: Impact, Vulnerability and Adaptation"

25 October 2017

On 19 September 2017, the Viet Nam Environment Administration (VEA) organized a workshop on "Climate Change in ASEAN Coast: Impact, Vulnerability and Adaptation." The launching workshop held in Hanoi, Viet Nam, served as a forum for countries to provide, share and exchange information on integrated coastal management policies in each member country; review coastal vulnerability caused by climate change and sea level rise; and discuss relevant plans and policies of ASEAN member countries.

Results of the 15th ASEAN+3 Environment Ministerial Meeting

14 September 2017

On 13 September 2017, the 15th ASEAN+3 (Japan, China, Korea) Ministerial Meeting on Environment was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, attended by the delegation from the Ministry of Environment of Japan headed by Vice Minister Tadahiko Ito.

At the meeting, Vice Minister Ito made the following remarks: “As part of ‘Japan-ASEAN Environment Cooperation Initiative,’ we will expand and establish initiatives such as ‘ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme – Upgrading the ASEAN ESC Model Cities Programme’ through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) in cooperation with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) to promote cooperation toward establishing a recyclable society within the ASEAN region by initiating research in the fields of circular economy, waste and recycling, etc.”

ASEAN starts to engage discussion on cross-border competition enforcement

25 August 2017

Indonesia’s Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU) hosted a training session for case handlers from ASEAN countries on 22-25 August 2017 in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. The training aimed to raise discussion by and awareness of ASEAN Member States on cross border cases among member states and how to deal with challenges derived from the region’s diversity. The training course was conducted in cooperation with Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC).

Cooperation in Acquiring Digital Evidence Focus of INTERPOL Workshop

24 August 2017

The workshop brought together some 30 law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and judicial authorities from the 10 ASEAN countries. The three-day workshop held on 22-24 August 2017 in Singapore aimed to assist participants in identifying and accessing electronic evidence which may be located in several jurisdictions. The workshop is part of the two-year project on ASEAN Cyber Capacity Development.

JAIF Caravan goes full steam in Cambodia

24 August 2017

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team of the ASEAN Secretariat jointly organised the 4th JAIF Caravan on 24-25 August 2017 in Phnom Penh Hotel. The Caravan affirmed ASEAN and Japan’s commitment to bring JAIF closer to its relevant stakeholders.

3rd Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

22 June 2017

The 3rd AICHR Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community was held on 19-21 June 2017 in Phuket, Thailand. This Dialogue built on the previous two regional dialogues the AICHR convened in 2015 and 2016. The 2017 Dialogue focused on the issues pertaining to access to justice, persons with disabilities as entrepreneurs and disability perspective in disaster risk management.