RIETI Open BBL Webinar

Southeast Asia & Japan – The good, the bad & the ugly


Japan has been an active and successful Dialogue Partner of ASEAN for many decades. However, the global geopolitical and geoeconomic conditions as well as ASEAN’s needs in the future are different from before, requiring different approaches from both sides. While there are many positive reasons why the relationship between the two can continue to thrive, there are also areas in which the two sides are poorly matched or even having contradictory objectives. This session will explore what the latest State of Southeast Asia 2024 survey report reveals about these factors and point towards what can be done about them.


  • Time and Date: 12:15-13:15, Thursday, April 18, 2024 (JST)
  • Venue: Online
  • Language: English
  • Admission: Free
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact: Ms. BABA, Conference Section
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  • CHOI Shing Kwok (Director & Chief Executive Officer, ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute / Head, ASEAN Studies Centre / Head, Singapore APEC Study Centre)
    Mr. CHOI Shing Kwok was appointed Director and Chief Executive Officer of the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in January 2018 and also took on the role of Head of ASEAN Studies Centre at the Institute in March 2020. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Choi was the Permanent Secretary in the then Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (now renamed the Ministry of Sustainability and Environment) from 2012 to 2017. He started his career in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1978 and held various appointments in the SAF and Ministry of Defence till 2005. After leaving the Ministry of Defence, Mr. CHOI held the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport from 2005 to 2012. Mr. CHOI earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University.
  • AIZAWA Nobuhiro (Professor, Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University / Managing Director & Dean of ERIA School of Government)
  • TOMIURA Eiichi (President and Chief Research Officer (CRO), RIETI / Chief EBPM Officer / Professor, Otsuma Women's University)