National Dec 13, 2013

Japan to announce ¥20 billion for ASEAN cultural exchanges

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce at a regional summit this weekend that Japan will extend ¥20 billion in official development assistance to promote cultural exchanges ASEAN, a government source said. Abe will unveil the aid during the summit with the Association of Southeast Asian ...

South Korea key rival wooing ASEAN tourists

National Dec 12, 2013

South Korea key rival wooing ASEAN tourists

In an effort to compete better with South Korea in drawing tourists from Southeast Asia, Japan has been stepping up exports of pop culture content to the region and easing visa requirements for people there. A weakening of the yen is also boosting Japan's competitiveness ...

Malaysia's Najib, Abe discuss China air zone

National Dec 12, 2013

Malaysia's Najib, Abe discuss China air zone

by Reiji Yoshida

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, during talks Thursday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, showed his "understanding" of Japan's deep concern over China's newly declared air defense identification zone in the East China Sea, a Japanese official who attended the meeting said. Najib and Abe met ...

National / Politics Dec 10, 2013

Japanese, Philippine leaders to discuss maritime cooperation

Philippine President Benigno Aquino will discuss maritime cooperation with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when they meet for lunch on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit later this week, a government spokesman said. Raul Hernandez said Aquino will leave for Tokyo on Thursday to attend ...

Business Dec 10, 2013

JETRO to open office in surging Laos

With Laos posting economic growth of 6 to 8 percent in recent years, a growing number of Japanese companies have invested in the country as a "Plus-One" location to avert the risk of concentrating too much in neighboring Thailand and China. Surging labor costs in ...

Myanmar to get Japan Post model of efficient, fast mail

Business Dec 10, 2013

Myanmar to get Japan Post model of efficient, fast mail

by Hiroki Noda

An initiative has been launched to modernize Myanmar's postal system by introducing Japan's fast, efficient and precise services, in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic revitalization plans featuring exports of advanced technologies and services, especially to developing countries in Asia. Though the two sides ...

National Nov 19, 2013

Japan, ASEAN to unite on regional security ties: summit draft

Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will express their resolve next month in Tokyo to bolster security ties for regional peace, with China's growing maritime assertiveness in mind, a draft of their statement said Monday. At a joint summit, Japan and 10-member ASEAN ...

ASEAN ties pushed as China ties smolder

National Nov 18, 2013

ASEAN ties pushed as China ties smolder

by May Masangkay

Just 11 months into office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as Japan seeks to further cement its strategic ties with the region at a time when relations with China remain sour. But some Japanese ...

ASEAN ties key to Abe's China policy

National Nov 14, 2013

ASEAN ties key to Abe's China policy

by Mizuho Aoki

Once he winds up his two-day trip to Laos and Cambodia from Saturday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have visited all 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in less than a year since taking office.