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Can Japan convince ASEAN to oppose Russia -- and potentially China?

Kishida's Southeast Asia diplomacy will be a major test case for the region's future

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, left, raises a toast with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in Bangkok on May 2.    © Kyodo

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's itinerary during this Golden Week holiday is indicative of the country's role today. He has just concluded a visit to ASEAN members Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. He heads on to Italy and the U.K.

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