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ASEAN-Japan summit opens Saturday to mark 50 years of friendship

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Tokyo: Tokyo will host a three-day commemorative ASEAN-Japan summit from Saturday to mark 50 years of friendship and cooperation between Japan and the union of 10 Southeast Asian nations.

ASEAN Secretary-General Kao Kim Hourn of Cambodia will lead a delegation from the ASEAN Secretariat to the December 16-18 summit at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The summit will take stock of the achievements made in ASEAN-Japan relations over the past decades and chart the future direction of a mutually beneficial comprehensive strategic partnership.

Kishida will co-chair the summit together with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, which holds the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He will also host a gala dinner on Sunday and hold bilateral meetings with other Asian leaders.

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