Siti Rahil
For Siti Rahil's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Jan 22, 2022
ASEAN may face bigger challenge on Myanmar under Cambodia's chair
Cambodian leader Hun Sen has maintained that the leader and ministers of Myanmar should be allowed to attend ASEAN meetings — much to the chagrin of some other association members.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2021
ASEAN deadlocked in selection of special envoy to Myanmar
Three countries are said to be vying to see their candidate selected, mindful not only of Myanmar's interests but also their own.
Japan Times
Aug 19, 2019
U.S. ban on Huawei largely ignored in Southeast Asia
Trade tensions between the United States and China have sent a shiver across Southeast Asia, a region that depends heavily on both sides for its economic health, but when it comes to 5G, many countries have shrugged off a U.S. ban on Chinese telecommunications equipment.
Japan Times
Jan 24, 2019
Japanese firms hopping on ride-hailing bandwagon in Southeast Asia
Japanese firms are involved in a clash of titans that is expected to intensify this year between two successful ride-hailing startups in Southeast Asia.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 21, 2015
Takata airbag victim's husband saw his wife and baby's lives ebb away
The widower of a pregnant woman killed by shrapnel from a Takata air bag in Malaysian Borneo in July held their dying daughter in his arms for 10 minutes as the prematurely delivered infant's life sapped away.
Japan Times
Jan 19, 2015
Japanese firms turn to Asia in the hunt for good graduates
As Japan's youngsters dwindle in number, major companies sent recruiters to Singapore recently to interview high-flying university graduates from elsewhere in Asia.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 24, 2014
High-tech vegetable farms grow up
Singapore's small but advanced vegetable farming industry is attracting Japanese firms eager to invest in or adopt its technology
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2014
Singapore TPP talks fail to reach a deal
Ministers from 12 Pacific-Rim countries failed Tuesday to achieve the goal of reaching a broad agreement on an envisioned regional free trade deal due to remaining gulfs over such key outstanding issues as tariff elimination.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 18, 2014
Retailer gets 'cute' with Singapore
Japanese fashion brand and retailer Satisfaction Guaranteed has launched the sale of "kawaii," or cute, merchandise usually associated with Japan, through high-tech digital vending machines in Singapore.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 5, 2013
Abe seen pursuing strong yet pragmatic foreign policy
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to adopt a more assertive foreign policy than his predecessor, Yoshihiko Noda, but he is likely to remain pragmatic despite fears in Asia that his more bellicose views could escalate tensions with China and destabilize the region, a senior Singaporean academic said.
Aug 14, 2012
More Japanese firms relocating to Singapore
A growing number of Japanese companies have moved some of their headquarters or key functions to Singapore, viewing the city-state as a strategic location where they can oversee a new wave of investment in Southeast Asia.
Japan Times
Feb 11, 2012
Most Singaporeans still shunning visits to Japan on nuke safety fears
The Japan National Tourism Organization has launched another campaign to lure tourists from Singapore as the number of visitors from the city-state has yet to return to pre-March 11 levels.
Jan 13, 2012
Japan told to be 'Asia's bridge to West'
Kishore Mahbubani, a prominent Singaporean academic, has urged Japan to display greater leadership on the world stage and act as a bridge between Asia and the West, as in his view the global order has started to shift.
Japan Times
Sep 22, 2011
Singapore pair corners 'halal ramen' market
A Singaporean couple who run Japanese restaurants are hoping to promote "halal Japanese food" worldwide in an effort to target the massive Muslim market.
Japan Times
Aug 23, 2011
JNTO seeks to put quake-hit Tohoku on map
When the Japan National Tourism Agency flew in more than 100 students and journalists from Singapore earlier this month in a bid to woo tourists back to the country, it focused on Tohoku, the region hardest hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Jul 5, 2011
Energy talks in Brunei will place nuclear power on regional agenda
Nuclear power will be discussed by energy ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their counterparts outside the region at an annual meeting scheduled for September in Brunei, according to Brunei's energy minister, Yasmin Umar.
Jun 1, 2011
Chernobyl 'jumper' airs Fukushima fears
Sergei Belyakov, a scientist who helped clean up debris after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, is worried about Japanese workers now risking their lives to contain the aftermath of core meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Dec 28, 2010
Appliance makers playing catchup in Asia
SINGAPORE — "Localization" has become the new catchword as Japanese electronics manufacturers play catchup in Asia.
May 8, 2010
Japan, East Asian nations closer to pact on emergency rice reserve
SINGAPORE — Ten Southeast Asian nations plus Japan, China and South Korea are close to achieving their goal of establishing an emergency rice reserve to deal with sudden instability in supply and production.
Dec 10, 2009
Remembering the war's first battle
KOTA BHARU, Malaysia — The Japanese military landing on the coast of a small fishing village in Malaysia's northern Kelantan state on Dec. 8, 1941, is still remembered by an octogenarian who witnessed the event that marked the start of the invasion of Southeast Asia in World War II.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on