Areas of Support and Key Contributions
ASEAN and Japan’s adoption of the Joint Declarations in 2004 and 2014 provided the impetus for intensifying cooperation in combating transnational crime in the region as well as the regular convening of the ASEAN-Japan Counter-Terrorism (AJCT) Dialogue
and ASEAN-Japan Cybercrime (AJCC) Dialogue
. These two mechanisms serve as ASEAN and Japan’s platforms to discuss and enhance cooperation related to efforts in addressing terrorism and cybercrime in the region. In streamlining activities under the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC)-Japan framework, the SOMTC-Japan Work Plan for Cooperation to Combat Terrorism and Transnational Crime 2015-2017
was first developed and adopted in 2015.
Following the conclusion of the Work Plan, SOMTC and Japan have also renewed and adopted the SOMTC-Japan Work Plan for Cooperation to Combat Terrorism and Transnational Crime (2018- 2022)
in 2018, covering a comprehensive ten areas of cooperation on transnational crime in ASEAN supported through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The following are the key contributions of completed/implemented projects to-date.