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Japanese firms turn to Asia in the hunt for good graduates

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. Tokyo-based recruitment firm Recruit Career Co. arranged for seven companies to interview about 60 foreign students with a view to hiring the continent's ...

Singapore TPP talks fail to reach a deal

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. After wrapping up their four-day meeting in Singapore, the members ...

Retailer gets 'cute' with Singapore

/ 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. "Singapore will . . . be the first country outside of Japan to have this intelligent digital vending ...

/ 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 ...

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. Panasonic Corp. and Mitsui Chemicals Inc. recently moved some ...

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. In the current era, the West's supremacy ...

Singapore pair corners 'halal ramen' market

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. Roger Tan and his wife, Yvone Lim, recently sealed a 12-year master franchise agreement with a Qatar-based food and beverage company ...