Video Message by Prime Minister Kishida at the ASEAN-Japan Young Business Leaders’ Summit 2023

December 14, 2023
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I am Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan. We are honored to have members of the business communities of both Japan and ASEAN gathered in Japan, especially in this commemorative 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.
ASEAN and Japan have worked closely together for the peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region. The foundation of this relationship is heart-to-heart mutual understanding. For the past 50 years and for the next 50 years, ASEAN will continue to be a true friend to Japan.
Since assuming office as Prime Minister, I have officially visited a number of ASEAN countries. Just recently, I visited Malaysia and the Philippines. In every country I visited, I have felt the depth of our shared business ties and the strength of our people-to-people connections that go beyond business.
The ties between the business communities on both sides are the foundation of the friendship between ASEAN and Japan. The key concept for the next 50 years is Co-Creation, in which ASEAN and Japan leverage their respective strengths to create the future together. I believe that this future can only be forged based on the trust that has been cultivated over the long history of ASEAN-Japan relations.
It is of great significance that the leading members of these business communities have also gathered here to enhance the "relationship of trust" on the occasion of the meeting in Tokyo of the leaders of ASEAN and Japan to discuss the next 50 years.
The dynamic young leaders of ASEAN and Japan will join hands to achieve sustainable growth together. Both will leverage their strengths to jointly create a bright future. I am fully confident that we can achieve the bright future.
Today’s leaders' summit has brought together Japanese youth who are as energetic as their ASEAN counterparts. I expect the leaders to engage in enthusiastic discussions and realize a strong proposal for the future together.
In closing, I would like to express my best wishes for this Summit to be a foundation for building friendship between ASEAN and Japan for the next 50 years, and for the health and success of all of you gathered here. Thank you very much.


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