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Report of the ASEAN COUNCIL OF JAPAN ALUMNI (ASCOJA)

PHILIPPINE FEDERATION OF JAPAN ALUMNI

Manila, Philippines

(Incumbent Chair of ASCOJA)

 

Report of the

ASEAN COUNCIL OF JAPAN ALUMNI (ASCOJA)

An ASEAN-Registered CSO

 to the

 ASEAN Secretariat

Jakarta, Indonesia

  

May 2014
BACKGROUND OF ASCOJA

 

The Preamble of the Articles of Organization and By-Laws of the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) describes its rationale, as follows:

“Believing in the wisdom and necessity to establish an organization representing the collective will and aspirations of the various ASEAN Associations of Former Foreign Students in Japan which can function as a bridge to foster closer relations between member-countries and Japan through concerted efforts in promoting and implementing projects and activities that would redound to the benefits of all parties concerned, including the enhancement of friendship, understanding, peace and prosperity in the Asian region and the world …” a proposal to establish an organization that can unite several organizations of Japan alumni in ASEAN was discussed at the Third Yearly Reunion of Southeast Asian Graduates of Japanese Universities held in Tokyo in October 1976.

This was followed by the signing of the “Protocol of Intent to Organize” in Singapore by the delegates from the original five ASEAN countries: Indonesia (PERSADA), Malaysia (JAGAM), the Philippines (PHILFEJA), Singapore (JUGAS) and Thailand (OJSAT).   The ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) was thus officially inaugurated in a meeting of the five (5) founding members of ASEAN Japan Alumni Associations in Manila, Philippines on 11th June 1977. ASCOJA membership was gradually expanded to Japan alumni associations/chapters in all the ten (10) ASEAN member nations of ASEAN.

 

OBJECTIVES:

  1. 1.To serve as a center for the continuing exchange of information and experience among the member-associations on all matters of common concern.
  2. 2.To undertake worthwhile projects designed to foster closer ties among the member-chapters/associations for the improvement of their common cultural and material interests.
  3. 3.To coordinate the various projects and activities of the different member-associations in order to ensure their successful implementation.
  4. 4.To establish working relationships among existing business, professional, social and civic organizations in the member-countries and in other countries for mutual advantage.
  5. 5.To strive toward the promotion of friendship and prosperity in ASEAN in close cooperation with other countries, especially Japan, and among the member-associations as regional neighbors.
  6. 6.To foster closer study of cultures that promotes an Asian orientation in education of ASEAN youth.

MEMBERSHIP:

Initially, ASCOJA consisted of delegates representing the organizing member-associations of former foreign students to Japan as original chapter members, namely:

Founding Charter Members of ASCOJA (1977)

Country

Chapter

Acronym

INDONESIA

Association of Indonesian Alumni from Japan

PERSADA

MALAYSIA

Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia

JAGAM

PHILIPPINES

Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni

PHILFEJA

SINGAPORE

Japanese University Graduates’ Association of Singapore

JUGAS

THAILAND

Old Japan Students’ Association, Kingdom of Thailand

OJSAT

Subsequently, five other associations or chapters of foreign alumni of Japan from the rest of ASEAN joined ASCOJA upon application for membership and established approval process, namely:

New Members of ASCOJA

Country

Chapter

Acronym

Year Joined

BRUNEI

Brunei Association of Japan Alumni

BAJA

1985

MYANMAR

Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni

MAJA

2003

CAMBODIA

Japan Alumni of Cambodia

JAC

2006

VIETNAM

Japan Alumni of Vietnam

JAV

2007

LAO PDR

Japan Alumni of Laos

JAOL

2012

 

OPERATIONS AND REGULAR ACTIVITIES:

ASCOJA functions as a federation of Japan alumni associations in ASEAN. It serves as a forum for dialogue and a communications conduit among its individual members, and as a collegiate body vis-à-vis other organizations, particularly counterpart organizations in Japan and elsewhere.

Since its inception in June 1977, ASCOJA has convened 20 Conferences with corresponding “Themes” that deal with relevant issues of the time. Conferences are held every two years in the country of a host association.

Conference hosting is designated by rotation among the ASCOJA member associations. The President of the said host chapter association serves as the ex-officio Chairman of ASCOJA until the end of the Conference it hosts and organizes. Correspondingly, the ASCOJA Secretariat automatically transfers to the Country Host lasting throughout the incumbency of the Chairman. Upon the turnover of the ASCOJA Chairmanship, the Secretariat automatically follows the next chapter host/organizer association.

The hosting rotation from 2009 onwards is presented in Annex A.


These Conferences serve not only as a forum for exchange of ideas but also as an opportunity to renew old friendships while building new ones among delegates, members and other participants. ASCOJA conferences, meetings and activities have spurred interest and attracted attention of various types of organizations of former Japan alumni in ASEAN as important and effective forums for fostering closer friendship relations among themselves and with Japan.

A complete list of ASCOJA Conferences held since 1977 is provided from page 42 of the 20th ASCOJA Conference publication (ASCOJA 20th Proceeding.pdf), a copy of which is submitted separately and made an integral part hereof. The immediate past (2013) and forthcoming conferences (2015) are highlighted as follows:

  • The 20th ASCOJA Conference with the theme “ASCOJA Towards the Cooperation and Development of ASEAN & Japan” was held in Hanoi from September 6-8, 2013.       It was hosted by the Japan Alumni of Vietnam (JAV). The program of the said Conference is provided in the abovementioned publication.
  • The 21st ASCOJA Conference will be hosted by the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) in October 2015. As the next country Host-Organizer, PHILFEJA serves as the concurrent Secretariat of ASCOJA. The responsibility of submitting this report to the ASEAN Secretariat thus rests with PHILFEJA.

Aside from the regular Conference every two years, ASCOJA also works in partnership with ASJA International (Asian Japan Alumni International)[1], an organization supported by the Government of Japan that was established on April 1, 2000. Its head office is located in Tokyo.

The purpose of ASJA is "to promote mutual understanding and solidarity networks between and among Japan Alumni in countries in the Asia-Pacific region, through the effective implementation of various programs for enhancing cultural and scientific exchange and international friendship, and to encourage former students who have studied in Japan to co-operate with the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) and other organizations for cultural and scientific exchange in pursuing projects.”

Note that ASCOJA constitutes an important, almost central role in ASJA. In fact, its Directors are composed of a representative each from all ASCOJA Chapters and at least two representatives from Japan who are nominated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Regular meetings of the ASJA Board are held at least once a year in Tokyo, most of in March. Not quite coincidentally, ASCOJA Governors also meet at the sidelines of the ASJA Board Meeting.

Recognizing the lofty and sincere aims of ASCOJA, many Japanese Prime Ministers have received ASCOJA Governors for courtesy calls in the Prime Minister’s Official Residence. This practice was started by former Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda in April 1978. Other Japanese Prime Ministers who have received ASCOJA Governors were Masayoshi Ohira (April 1979), Zenko Suzuki (December 1980), Yasuhiro Nakasone (May 1983) and so on. Most recently, ASCOJA Governors paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 27 March 20014.


FINANCIAL ASPECT OF ASCOJA OPERATIONS:

ASCOJA does not maintain its own financial statements. It does not receive funds; neither does it disburse monies for operational activities. Its activities are solely and totally funded by the Chapter organizations, particularly the host associations designated to host its biennial conferences. Alumni members attending the Conferences of ASCOJA pay individually for their airfare and hotel accommodations while meals, tours and conference expenses are shouldered by the host organization.   The Government of Japan, local groups associated with Japan and Japan alumni associations also extend financial and other forms of support to Conference host associations.

INCUMBENT ORGANIZATION:

The incumbent Chairman with a term lasting until 2015 is the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA). It will host and organize the 21st ASCOJA Conference in October 2015. Contact details are as follows:

Contact Persons

Designation

Email

BENJAMIN C. LAUREL

President – PHILFEJA; Chairman - ASCOJA

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PHILIP B. SANVICTORES

Executive Vice-President - PHILFEJA

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CECILIA TOLENTINO

Secretary-General - PHILFEJA

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Contact Particulars

Address

Philippine Japan Alumni Center (PJAC), 823 S.H.Loyola St., Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines

Telefax

(+632) 7362716

Email

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Secretariat

c/o Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation, 3rd Floor Dominion Building, 833 A. Arnaiz Ave. Legaspi Village, Makati

Telephone

(+632) 892-4916

Fax

 

N.B. The current, updated directory of ASCOJA Charter Associations is provided in Annex B.

 

MAJOR ACTIVITIES OF ASCOJA, 2012-2014

Date

Activity

Venue

March 23, 2012

ASCOJA Board of Governors Meeting

Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

August 8, 2012

ASCOJA Governor’s Meeting

Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam

March 21, 2013

ASCOJA Board of Governors Meeting

Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

June 7-9, 2013

ASCOJA Governor’s Review Meeting

Hanoi, Vietnam

September 6-8, 2013

ASCOJA Conference “Towards the Cooperation and Development of ASEAN and Japan”

International Conference Center, Hanoi, Vietnam

March 28, 2014

ASCOJA Board of Governors Meeting

Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

Annex A

Schedule of Host Country Rotation

ASCOJA Conferences

 

Year

Country

Host

2009

Myanmar

MAJA

2011

Thailand

OJSAT

2013

Vietnam

JAV

2015

Philippines

PHILFEJA

2017

Malaysia

JAGAM

2019

Laos

JAOL

2021

Singapore

JUGAS

2023

Indonesia

Persada

2025

Cambodia

JAC

2026

Brunei

BAJA

                                           NOTE: From 2019 Onwards, Hosts are tentative only.



[1] www.asja.gr.jp

 

 

About ASCOJA

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The proposal to establish an organization of Japan Alumni of Asians who had studied in Japan was mooted at the third yearly Reunion  of Southeast Asian Graduates from Japanese Universities held in Tokyo in October 1976. Subsequently, in January 1977, a three-man delegation sponsored by the Philippines-Japan Society

The Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation and the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) began to tour the capitals of ASEAN nations to lay the groundwork for the formation of such an organization

On 25 March 1977, the “Protocol of Intent to Organise” was signed in Singapore by delegates representing the Alumni of five countries of the then ASEAN region, namely, the Association of Indonesia Alumni from Japan (PERSADA), the Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia (JAGAM),The Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS), the Old Japan Students’ Association, Thailand Under the Patronage of His Majesty the King  (OJSAT), and the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA).

On 11 June 1977, after several days of meeting held in Manila among the five Alumni, the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) was officially inaugurated at the Philippine International Convention Center as a non-profit, non-political and non-governmental organization

The then Prime Minister of Japan, the late H. E. Mr. Takeo Fukuda extended his congratulations on the inauguration of ASCOJA and his continuation of support

After H. E. Mr. Takeo Fukuda, H.E. Mr. Yasuo Fukuda (son of H.E . Mr. Takeo Fukuda) again continued to support the activities of ASCOJA as the mentor and guiding light of ASCOJA even after retiring as Prime Minister




   

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