South Korea key rival wooing ASEAN tourists

Dec 12, 2013

South Korea key rival wooing ASEAN tourists

In an effort to compete better with South Korea in drawing tourists from Southeast Asia, Japan has been stepping up exports of pop culture content to the region and easing visa requirements for people there. A weakening of the yen is also boosting Japan’s ...

Malaysia's Najib, Abe discuss China air zone

Dec 12, 2013

Malaysia's Najib, Abe discuss China air zone

by Reiji Yoshida

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, during talks Thursday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, showed his “understanding” of Japan’s deep concern over China’s newly declared air defense identification zone in the East China Sea, a Japanese official who attended the meeting said. Najib and Abe ...

Dec 10, 2013

JETRO to open office in surging Laos

With Laos posting economic growth of 6 to 8 percent in recent years, a growing number of Japanese companies have invested in the country as a “Plus-One” location to avert the risk of concentrating too much in neighboring Thailand and China. Surging labor costs ...

Myanmar to get Japan Post model of efficient, fast mail

Dec 10, 2013

Myanmar to get Japan Post model of efficient, fast mail

by Hiroki Noda

An initiative has been launched to modernize Myanmar’s postal system by introducing Japan’s fast, efficient and precise services, in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revitalization plans featuring exports of advanced technologies and services, especially to developing countries in Asia. Though the two ...

Dec 5, 2013

Tokyo, Asian nations in currency swap talks

Japan and Southeast Asian countries are in talks over expanding currency swap arrangements to help cushion their economies in financial emergencies, an official said Thursday ahead of a Japan-ASEAN summit next week. A swap is a device useful when normal foreign exchange markets seize ...

Nov 19, 2013

Japan, ASEAN to unite on regional security ties: summit draft

Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will express their resolve next month in Tokyo to bolster security ties for regional peace, with China’s growing maritime assertiveness in mind, a draft of their statement said Monday. At a joint summit, Japan and 10-member ...

ASEAN ties pushed as China ties smolder

Nov 18, 2013

ASEAN ties pushed as China ties smolder

by May Masangkay

Just 11 months into office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as Japan seeks to further cement its strategic ties with the region at a time when relations with China remain sour. But some ...