ASEAN and Japan have adopted a vision statement that seeks to strengthen four areas of partnership, including resolving disputes by peaceful means.
Other areas include enhancing their comprehensive economic partnership; promoting human resource development and overcoming socio-economic and environmental issues; as well as to be "heart-to-heart partners" that encompass cultural exchanges.
The vision statement was endorsed following the conclusion of the 40th ASEAN-Japan Commemoratibe Summit in Tokyo yesterday.
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, co-chair of the summit, said the vision statement showed the determination of ASEAN and Japan to bring their relationship and cooperation to a higher level, and to effectively respond to the challenges of the 21st century.
During the joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, His Majesty commended Japan's commitment in maintaining peace, security, and stability in the region, while continuing to enhance cooperation in addressing traditional and non-traditional security challenges.
The Sultan also congratulated the Japanese premier and the people of Japan for hosting the commemorative summit, and looked forward to continue the close friendship and cooperation.
The monarch expressed his appreciation for the longstanding relations, efforts and cooperation that were reaffirmed during the course of the summit.
The most valuable asset to the ASEAN-Japan cooperation is its established people-to-people ties, said His Majesty.
It is especially seen in the way the region and Japan has dealt with issues that have an impact on people's lives, added the Sultan.
Those areas include disaster management, food and energy security, public health and the rising concern of urbanisation.
The two-day commemorative summit was held to mark 40 years of relations between Japan and ASEAN.
The closing ceremony took place at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo.