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Japan must show Southeast Asia that it can still be relied upon

Military power is inseparable from economic power

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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Kurama leads other vessels during a fleet review at Sagami Bay in October 2012: Southeast Asians may start to doubt whether Japan can be relied on as a security partner.   © AP

Raymond Woo is a value creation professional at a Singapore-based investment company. He was previously in management and public sector consulting, and used to be attached to the United Nations and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

There has been growing discussion that Japan should assume more responsibility not only for its own security but also for the wider region at a time of growing U.S.-China rivalry. For this to happen, Japan will have to move beyond being just an economic player. How do Southeast Asians see this?

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