ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA)
In 1974, the office of Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs invited representatives of former students from ASEAN countries who had studied in Japan for a reunion meeting in Tokyo. In 1976, at the third annual re-union meeting of it kinds, it was proposed to establish an organization of Japan alumni of ASEAN countries with the aim of fostering international exchange amongst former ASEAN students and Japan.
In January 1977, a three-men Philippine delegations sponsored by Philippines-Japan Societies made a tour to meet the Japan Graduate Alumni Society in each ASEAN member country, laying the groundwork for formation of such a regional organization. Consequently, on 25 March 1977, the Protocol of Intent to Organize was signed in Singapore by delegates representing the Japan Alumni of 5 ASEAN countries 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).
In June 1977, after several days of meeting in Manila of representatives of the 5 Alumni Associations, the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) was officially inaugurated at the Philippine International Convention Centre as a non-profit and non-governmental organization.
Currently ASCOJA is the Federation of 10 Japan Alumni organizations, later on joining by 5 new ASEAN member countries as following.
1. Association of Indonesia Alumni from Japan (PERSADA)
2. Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia (JAGAM)
3. Japan University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS)
4. Old Japan Students’ Association, Kingdom of Thailand (under the Patronage of His Majesty the King (OJSAT)
5. Philippines Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA)
6. Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA)
7. Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni (MAJA)
8. Japan Alumni of Cambodia (JAC)
9. Japan Alumni of Vietnam (JAV)
10. Japan Alumni of Laos (JAOL)