Shangri-La dialogue: Japan PM Abe urges security role
30 May 2014 Last updated at 19:54 BST
The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a regional security forum in Singapore that his nation would offer its "utmost support" to south-east Asian countries in protecting their seas and airspace.
His comments came as an annual gathering of defence and security officials kicked off in Singapore.
Sharanjit Leyl reports.