Japan’s contemporary relations with the states of Southeast Asia have been shaped by a legacy of warfare, ideological division and economic development. As a result of such forces, Japan’s relations with the region have been difficult. In this chapter I will examine the changing nature of Japan’s relations with Southeast Asia, particularly since the ending of the Cold War and into the twenty-first century. I will focus primarily on the role of the ASEAN, but I will also examine Japan’s relations with a number of leading Southeast Asian states. The first section provides a brief history of contemporary relations; in the second section I examine Japan’s principal interests in the region today; and in the conclusion I will assess the extent to which the Japanese government has come to cooperate with ASEAN as a whole as a means of managing relations with the individual states of Southeast Asia.
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