Angeline was featured on the session “Asian prosperity fostered by human exchange” discussing interchanges between ASEAN and Japan. A report of the session can be found here.

The panel discussed Japan’s soft power and influence in Southeast Asia, as well as the country’s role in enhancing human capital in the region. Recounting her experience as an exchange student in Japan and return as visiting research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Angeline noted the willingness of the Japanese in sharing their knowledge, expertise and culture.

She also observed that many Japanese, especially the young, have an outdated understanding of Southeast Asia which is undergoing rapid transformations and poised to become the world’s largest financial technology market.

“We mustn’t take our ASEAN-Japanese friendship for granted. Otherwise, we risk losing something precious. A good way to help redress the imbalance in mutual understanding would be to foster interest in Southeast Asia among Japanese young people. I hope to see more Japanese study in Southeast Asia.”

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