The editors of the IJEAS : International Journal of East Asian Studies are pleased to announce the release of the issue for Vol. 9, No. 1, (2020).

The issue content includes authors from Indonesia and Malaysia. We cover a wide range of topics, with articles on the Nippon Kaigi, Lao's dependency on China's infrastructural assistance, a critical analysis of Japan's toxic work culture, competitiveness in the shipbuilding industry of South Korea, gender equality and women emancipation in talent management of South Korea, and finally, on Malaysia's Look East policy in the aftermath of Malaysia's 2018 general election.

We hope you find these papers inspiring and look forward to receiving more research articles, reviews, commentaries, ideas for special issues, and other papers on social and epidemiological research concerning any of the topics about East Asian history, politics, security, economy, business, development, society, culture, religion, technology and linguistics from across the globe. We hope you will be interested in contributing your provocative and inspiring thoughts and papers to our journal.