Japan and ASEAN have launched their first talks on cooperating against terrorism as Tokyo seeks to boost its presence in Southeast Asia.Good for Japan, good for Asia, good for the world...
Officials from Japan and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations will meet for two days on ways "to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation in the ASEAN region," a foreign ministry statement said.
Talks are expected to focus on how Japan can help ASEAN to exchange information on terrorism, tighten immigration controls, strengthen maritime patrols and improve investigation technology.
Japan decided earlier this month to donate three patrol boats to Indonesia to help fight terrorism and piracy, breaking another taboo for the officially pacifist country.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006