Japan is keeping Southeast Asia at the heart of its Indo-Pacific strategy

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and then Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe attend the East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019. Japan has long-standing ties with Southeast Asia, and those ties are likely to continue growing with the region’s centrality in the notion of the Indo-Pacific. Photo: ReutersIndonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and then Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe attend the East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019. Japan has long-standing ties with Southeast Asia, and those ties are likely to continue growing with the region’s centrality in the notion of the Indo-Pacific. Photo: Reuters

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and then Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe attend the East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019. Japan has long-standing ties with Southeast Asia, and those ties are likely to continue growing with the region’s centrality in the notion of the Indo-Pacific. Photo: Reuters