Aug 26, 2014

Strong leaders in an increasingly fragile Asia

by Simon Tay

Stronger leaders are finally in place in fragile Asia — leaders who can deliver domestic reform and economic growth. But if these leaders assert their strength against each other or vis-a-vis the U.S. over security matters, regional stability could be upended.

Jakarta tiptoes around issue of gas-rich islets

Aug 26, 2014

Jakarta tiptoes around issue of gas-rich islets

The word “sleepy” could have been invented for Ranai, the largest town in Indonesia’s remote and sparsely populated Natuna archipelago. It has few cars and only two sets of traffic lights. The cloud-wreathed mountain looming over it resembles a slumbering volcano. Nearby beaches lie ...

Aug 12, 2014

Kishida, Indonesia's Jokowi seek enhanced security, economic ties

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held talks Tuesday with Indonesian President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and discussed boosting security and economic ties. Speaking to reporters after the talks, Jokowi, who was elected July 9, said they mainly covered maritime security, Japanese investment in infrastructure and Indonesia’s ...

Indonesia's president-elect urges Japan to invest more

Aug 12, 2014

Indonesia's president-elect urges Japan to invest more

Indonesia’s President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is calling for more investment from Japan, saying it is “very important for Indonesia” to create jobs, solve energy problems and build infrastructure. In an interview in Jakarta, Jokowi, who will take office in October, noted that Japan has ...

Aug 8, 2014

Monkey 'selfies' spark copyright dispute

Monkey see, monkey do. But when a monkey takes a selfie, who owns the copyright? A series of self-portraits taken by Indonesian monkeys has sparked a copyright dispute between Wikipedia and a British wildlife photographer, who wasn’t amused that the popular images are being ...

Aug 5, 2014

Japan, Indonesia to cooperate on gas reactor development

The government-funded Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Monday it has reached an agreement with the Indonesian National Nuclear Energy Agency to cooperate in the research and development of high-temperature gas reactors. Indonesia aims to begin operation of such next-generation nuclear reactors, known to have ...

Jul 30, 2014

Indonesia's reformist president

Japan should strive to help Indonesia's new reformist president achieve greater prosperity and stability for his country of 250 million people.

Both candidates in Indonesia election claim victory

Jul 9, 2014

Both candidates in Indonesia election claim victory

Both candidates claimed victory in Indonesia’s presidential election on Wednesday, suggesting there could be a drawn-out constitutional battle to decide who will next lead the world’s third-largest democracy. Just a few hours after voting closed, Jakarta Gov. Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he had won, ...