chapter  8
Toward a Reorientation of Asian Policy: The Fukuda Doctrine and Japanese-U.S. Cooperation
WithToru Yano
Pages 19

Manila was the last stop on Prime Minister Fukuda’s tour of Southeast Asia, and it was there on august 17, 1977, that he delivered his important speech on Japan’s policy toward that region. Japanese news media billed the event as the epoch-making unveiling of the Fukuda Doctrine, finding deep significance in the very fact that such a speech was made. While I would not go so far as to call the contents of the Manila address a “doctrine,” it is certainly the first time since World War II that a Japanese prime minister has made such a systematic presentation of views on Japanese relations with Southeast Asia.