Japan proposed an idea of establishing the Network of East Asian Studies (NEAS) at the first meeting for the promotion of East Asian Studies under the auspicious of ASEAN+3 held on 18-19 January 2005 in Tokyo, the meeting discussed the state of East Asian Studies as well as the modalities for a Network of East Asian Studies (NEAS) and recommended that NEAS should be established in order to provide knowledge of East Asian communities and historical diversities, as well as cultural norms and values of East Asia which will contribute to the process of regional integration.

Purpose of the NEAS are to promote East Asian Studies in each member country and to establish network of cooperation among researchers of East Asian Studies so as to shear their insights and experiences on the development of East Asian Studies, which include the study of histories, economy, languages and culture either on individual and regional based.

1. Research: Workshop for promising young scholars from all the countries concerned to examine East Asian Studies in broad-based research;
2. Teaching and Training:

(i) Workshop to design and develop a core curriculum for East Asian Studies which is similar to the AUN-ASEAN Studies program
(ii) Creation of fellowship and provision of language training

3. Infrastructure development:

(i) Workshop to examine the requirements and needs of each country for strengthening the infrastructure of East Asian Studies
(ii) Creation of a database of researchers and teachers in East Asian Studies
(iii) Workshop on resource development

1. An annual Executive Committee Meeting to be organized in rotation among the ASEAN+3 member countries.
2. At the beginning, the University of Tokyo and National University of Singapore temporarily worked as coordinator for NEAS while the Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo had been serving as NEAS Secretariat during 2005-2007.

1st 8-19 January 2005 Tokyo The Promotion of East Asian Studies which took focus on research-based area in terms of purpose, geography, and disciplines.
2nd 16-17 February 2006 Putrajaya, Malaysia Review of current state of East Asian Studies on reports made by the representatives of each country.
Deliverables of the meeting included the following:
  • An idea to set off the workshop on teaching East Asian Studies focusing on curriculum development
  • Two research workshops on 1) movements of people and ideas
    in East Asian and 2) the critical issues facing East Asia in the 21st century
  • An online directory of East Asia research
3rd 29-30 January 2007 Tokyo

In order to maintain the discussion on scope and priority of East
Asian Studies to be promoted in the NEAS process, it was agreed on
a general preference to give priority to academic oriented studies on cross-border, transnational and comparative issues rather than
those on country –specific and sub-region specific ones.

Each country coordinator was also encouraged to take the initiative
in organizing concrete research projects, as well as an organization
of a panel on East Asian Studies at international academic
conference.

4th 12 March 2008 Bangkok An inauguration of the workshop on curriculum development with
the focus on multidimensional aspects of EAS on the preference of disciplinary, specialization, hybrid, and area/national/international.
5th 16-17 February 2009 Seoul - Discussion on East Asian Curriculum and Course Development
- Revision of the TOR of NEAS