Jokowi returns to Jakarta with $74 billion in business deals

Mar 30, 2015

Jokowi returns to Jakarta with $74 billion in business deals

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has brought back business commitments worth a total of $74.34 billion in various planned projects and investments, following state visits to Japan and China over the past week, a senior government official said. Upon arriving in Jakarta after accompanying the ...

Indonesia's Jokowi may visit Japan soon

Mar 2, 2015

Indonesia's Jokowi may visit Japan soon

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, may visit Japan as part of a trip that will also take him to Singapore and China, senior Indonesian officials and a diplomatic source said over the weekend. No final decision has been made, but it ...

Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Feb 26, 2015

Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott struck a conciliatory tone on Thursday after speaking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the looming execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers. Abbott said he spoke with his “friend” Widodo on Wednesday evening, adding that the Indonesian leader ...

Oct 16, 2014

A step backward in Indonesia

The old guard in Indonesia may have lost the fight for the presidency in July, but in the late night hours of the last legislative session, they consolidated their control over local and provincial elections by changing the voting procedures.

| Sep 20, 2014

Jokowi's victory brings high hopes and challenges

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In July, Joko Widodo, universally known as Jokowi, won a decisive victory in Indonesia’s presidential elections. Even before assuming office in October, he faces extravagant expectations in a nation that has endured mercurial (Sukarno), repressive (Suharto) and feckless (B.J. Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid, Megawati Sukarnoputri ...

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.