Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan met in Tokyo on Dec. 21 and signed a memorandum of understanding on the launch of the “Japan-Indonesia Maritime Forum” to discuss maritime cooperation between the two countries.
The forum will be comprised of two parts: a ministerial meeting and a working-level task force. Japan and Indonesia will cooperate in (1) maritime security, (2) economic development and (3) education and training.
Luhut told Kishida that Indonesia wants to finalize specific projects of cooperation before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Indonesia in January. Luhut and Kishida also discussed China’s construction of military bases in the South China Sea and agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation.