| Aug 5, 2014

Abe's hollow Asia diplomacy

The Asia diplomacy — aka China-containment policy — of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is showing signs of falling apart amid irritation among Southeast Asian countries over the slow pace at which Abe's promises of assistance, equipment, and acceptance of foreign workers are being carried ...

Fund plans Southeast Asia stores to pitch Japan

Dec 17, 2013

Fund plans Southeast Asia stores to pitch Japan

A public-private fund is planning to open stores in major Southeast Asian cities to sell products related to Japanese culture. The plan involves renting parts of large-scale commercial facilities or buying entire buildings, Nobuyuki Ota, chief executive officer of Cool Japan Fund Inc., said. ...

Tourism industry woos Asian Muslims

Nov 25, 2013

Tourism industry woos Asian Muslims

by Keisuke Iwata

Local-level authorities are stepping up efforts to attract Muslim tourists to their holiday spots as Japan becomes a prime destination for the growing middle-class population of Southeast Asia. Their efforts center on promoting local businesses’ understanding of the religion’s customs, including dietary habits and ...

Oct 22, 2013

Asia's (re)invitation to Obama

by Simon Tay

Now that President Barack Obama has earned some weeks of breathing space in his budget battle with Republicans, he should pay an off-schedule trip to Asia to make up for the canceled one. Now that President Barack Obama has earned some weeks of breathing space ...

Aug 2, 2013

Smarter diplomacy needed

Given the importance of rebuilding ties with China, perhaps Shinzo Abe should reconsider his emphasis on "universal values" as part of his regional diplomacy.

Jul 29, 2013

More Southeast Asia tourists engaging in shopping

An increasing number of middle-class tourists from Southeast Asian nations are shopping in Japan, mainly at department stores and electronics shops, on the back of growing income levels. Also behind the growing shopping spree among tourists from the region is the strengthening of their ...

Firms on record M&A spree in Southeast Asia

Jul 25, 2013

Firms on record M&A spree in Southeast Asia

by Hiroshi Hiyama

Japanese firms have spent record amounts scooping up assets in Southeast Asia this year, part of a trend that has seen Tokyo moving to boost its presence in the fast-growing region and away from China. As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe departed Thursday for a ...

Jun 26, 2013

Relaxed visa program for Southeast Asian visitors starts

by Mizuho Aoki

The government will relax visa requirements for visitors from Southeast Asian countries starting Monday, hoping to lure more travelers from fast-growing economies to spur economic growth. Japan will waive visa requirements for tourists from Thailand and Malaysia, and offer a multiple-entry visa to Filipino ...