ASEAN Pacific Forum 2017 is conducted in order to accommodate sharing of ideas, initiatives, and experiences between youths and experts about Japan, China, and ASEAN partnerships. ASEAN – Pacific Forum 2017 held on May 23rd – 27th, 2017 in Kyoto, Japan. Three main activities of this event are Panel Discussion, Campus Visit, and Kyoto City Tour.
The main activity was the panel discussion. The general issue and topic under discussion was about: “The Contemporary Dynamics of Japan and China’s Battle of Influence in ASEAN”. The rivalry makes ASEAN have to choose between Japan and China as their main strategic partner or utilize Japan-China’s rivalry to produce a more beneficial cooperation for ASEAN. This panel discussion also discussed about the influence of USA on ASEAN countries.
The Delegates of ASEAN Pacific Forum 2017 in Kyoto were selected through essay. There were 6 selected Indonesian delegates, their names are; (1) Rivenia Tyas Putri from Universitas Diponegoro, (2) Nabilla Ayu Sekarini Ayu Santoso from Universitas Diponegoro, (3) Farah Azizah from LabSchool High Jakarta, (4) Shinta Nastiti from Ciputra University, (5) Ilmia Nafaditya Urbha and (6) Reni Anggraeni both from Bina Nusantara University. The Essays of delegates were reviewed by ASEAN Youth Development Team and the essay titled “China – Japan’s Battle of Influence In Southeast Asia” written by Nabilla Ayu Sekarini Santoso had come up as the best essay.
The first day, 24th of May 2017, the delegates joined campus tour and discussed at CSEAS (Centre for Southeast Asian Studies) at Kyoto University. The team were welcomed by director of CSEAS, Dir. Kono Yasayuki. He gave a speech about the purposes of CSEAS, which has similar common sense with Japanese society. Dir. Kono Yasayuki also told that CSEAS had a will to study about Southeast Asian as comparative viewpoint of global studies. After welcoming speech, Dr. Osamo Kozan from department of Human-Nature Dynamics presented about Transboundary Air Pollution Issues and Tropical Peatland Management, their research from Haze Research Team activity in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, and Rehabilitation of Degraded Land After Tin Mining in Belitung, Indonesia. Then, Prof. Okamoto Masaaki presented and discussed about expansion of Japanese Business and Market. The raising of middle class in Southeast Asia area has become a target business market since 1980. As a result, Southeast Asia countries middle-income population become a research interest in Japan.
Along the visit in Ritsumeikan University as a main campus visit, delegates joined university library tour. The panel discussion was conducted in graduate school of International Relation with Prof Keiji Nakatsuji and Prof Jun Honna. Opening speech was offered by Shofwan Al Banna Choiruzzad. Prof Keiji Makatsuji discussed about Trump and East Asian Peace, and Prof Jun Honna discussed about politic influences from Japan-China relations to Southeast Asia countries.
Second day, 25th of May 2017, delegates were brought to enjoy campus tour to Kyoto Seika University. Kyoto Seika University known as the first university which offers animation and manga studies in Japan, even in the world. Delegates were permitted to visit library university, have a nice time to take tour around campus, and learn about the environment of campus.
The third day, 26th of May 2017, delegates were brought to enjoy Kyoto city tour at Gion area, as well as they visited Fushimi Inari Taisha, the most known Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan.