The Japan Times

  • The Japan Times – Brazil Report 2020

    This year marks a milestone year for the relationship between Japan and Brazil with 125 years of diplomatic relations and 30 years of the Brazilian community in Japan. “Along with these milestones celebrations we have the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which will be promoted through an exchange of ideas and lessons learned from the last Olympic Games held in Rio with the theme ‘From Rio to Tokyo,’” explained Ambassador of Japan to Brazil, Akira Yamada. “On the other hand, in Brazil, with the Bolsonaro administration and the new parliament, it can be said that Brazil has entered...
  • The Japan Times – Shanghai Report 2019

    Japan and China | The relationship between our two countries is now back on a normal track and is at a new stage of development. At the G20 Osaka summit in June, both countries’ leaders agreed to open up a “New Era of Japan and China.” Additionally, there are a great deal of high-level and other dialogues currently taking place that we fully expect to continue. This new era of relations is creating fantastic opportunities. China: The world’s market | China’s population currently stands at nearly 1.4 billion people. The country remains a huge market for investors and businesses
  • The Japan Times – Finland Report 2019

    Finland’s history of trade with Japan spans longer than a hundred years ago, when the two countries formally established diplomatic relations. According to H.E. Takashi Murata, Ambassador of Japan to Finland, “The Finnish and Japanese have many similar characteristics and share common values represented by 3 Ps, that is Punctuality, Patience, and Prudence.” “The Finnish life philosophy of Sisu correlates to the Japanese Bushidō, a code for living a life of honor, self-discipline, bravery, and simplicity,” he adds. These shared values and ethics have brought Finland and Japan...
  • The Japan Times – Turkey Report 2019

    Tomorrow, Turkey celebrates its Republic Day, commemorating the proclamation of The Republic of Turkey in 1923. Japan and Turkey have maintained strong relations for over a century with 2019 marking 95 years of Japan – Turkey diplomatic relations and 2020 marking the 130th anniversary of the Ertugrul Frigate disaster, where the foundations of friendship between the two countries began. ”Japanese and Turkish people are very close at heart even though our countries are geographically far apart. I feel Japan and Turkey are indeed ‘two nations, one heart.’
  • The Japan Times – Czech Republic Report 2019

    In January 2020, 100 years will have passed since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Japan. However, mutual contacts go back to a deeper history. The first Czech in Japan was Jesuit priest Karel Spinola in 1602, who was later canonized. The first Japanese to settle in Europe was Mitsuko Aoyama, who married a Czech nobleman Henry Coudenhove-Kalergi and lived in Domazlice Chateau in southern Bohemia. By the way, the Czech Republic is famous for the highest density of castles and chateaus per capita in the world.
  • The Japan Times – Thailand Report 2019

    Foreign investors are upbeat regarding Thailand’s economic outlook. With a desire to improve the country’s competitiveness, the Thai government’s planned megaprojects and Industry 4.0 (technology in industry) initiatives are creating new investment-driven business opportunities. For Japanese investors, the Thai economy is showing promising growth prospects. “The Thai economy has been expanding at around three to four percent,” said Pakorn Peetathawatchai, president of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET).
  • The Japan Times – South Africa Report 2019

    Africa means business. Foreign direct investment into Africa is on the rise and Japan is playing an increasingly important role across the continent. Today almost four hundred and fifty Japanese companies are doing business across Africa. Many companies (including Japanese automotive leaders Toyota and Nissan) are managing their operations from the continent’s most industrialized and diversified economy - South Africa. “There are one hundred and sixty Japanese companies operating in South Africa and most cover the African continent from here,” says H.E. Norio Maruyama
  • The Japan Times – Morocco Report 2019

    The second day of The seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) is taking place today in Yokohama. Led by the Japanese government and co-sponsored by the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme, the African Union Commission and the World Bank, TICAD was initiated by Japan in 1993 to contribute to development initiatives on the African continent. Private sector involvement in TICAD has increased and this year’s conference is welcoming more than 4,500 attendees, including African and Japanese heads...
  • The Japan Times – India Report 2019

    After establishing a peace treaty and diplomatic relations on 28th April, 1952, the relationship between Japan and India has grown immensely. The number of Japanese companies operating locally has grown from approximately 900 in 2012 to around 1500 in 2019. Leaders share their insights with Synergy Media Specialists on the strengthening of relations between India and Japan: “Under Special Strategic and Global Partnership, anchored on the shared values including democracy, freedom and the rule of law, Japan and India are cooperating on many fronts.”
  • The Japan Times – Canada Report 2019

    “This year’s 90th anniversary of Japan- Canada diplomatic relations is a perfect opportunity to assess our current relationship and plan for the future,” said Japan’s Ambassador to Canada Kimihiro Ishikane. “Relations between our two countries are strong, but we need to make sure we do not get complacent. There is huge potential to build on our relationship, especially as Canada continues to strengthen its ties with countries across the Asia Pacific region. In the political security arena, we are seeing more dialogue and we are working to ensure this continues.
  • The Japan Times – North Rhine-Westphalia Report 2019

    In the 1950s, Japanese trading house executives were the first to settle in Duesseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The growing Japanese community established schools, banks, shops and restaurants, and today nearly 15,000 Japanese nationals call NRW home. More than 600 Japanese companies have established a presence in the region, employing more than 50,000 people. Located in the heart of Europe, Duesseldorf’s location is a key factor for Japanese investors.
  • The Japan Times – Philippine Report 2019

    As a reflection of investor confidence, the US News and World Report named the Philippines as the “Best Country to Invest In” in its 2018 Best Countries report, outranking Indonesia, Poland, Malaysia and Singapore. Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s upgraded our credit rating outlook from “stable” to “positive” in April 2018 due to improvements in policy- making while Fitch upgraded our Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating from BBB-, the minimum investment grade, to BBB in December 2017, which it affirmed in July 2018.
  • The Japan Times – Malaysia Report 2019

    One year ago today saw Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad reinstated as Prime Minister of Malaysia. The Malaysian government is implementing policies to drive economic growth and encouraging investors to look at the country with a renewed sense of confidence. Over the past twelve months, Malaysia has undergone a period of increased stability and economic growth through the government’s efforts to work more closely with regional partners, including Japan.
  • The Japan Times – Vietnam Report 2019

    Vietnam’s unprecedented economic growth has captured the world’s attention Foreign direct investment (FDI) reached $19.1 billion in 2018 — a 9.1 percent increase compared with the previous year. With a stable political landscape, gross domestic product growth of 6.8 percent and strong export figures, investor confidence in the Southeast Asian country is stronger than ever. With $8.6 billion worth of FDI approvals in Vietnam last year, Japan is the largest investor in the country. Bilateral relationships between the two countries are also at an all-time high.
  • The Japan Times – Austria Report 2019

    In 1869 Austria and Japan concluded the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation. One hundred and fifty years later, diplomatic relations between the two continue to flourish. “Austria was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with Japan,” said Karin Kneissl, Austrian minister of Europe, integration and foreign affairs. “This excellent bilateral relationship has grown significantly since then and our countries cooperate in many areas; in particular, trade, science and technology.
  • The Japan Times – Egypt Report 2019

    One-hundred and fifty-five years ago, the second Japanese mission to Europe, the Ikeda Mission, visited Egypt on the way to France. This first contact between Egypt and Japan has developed into a partnership focused on commerce, academia and culture. “Egypt’s population of almost 100 million is at the crossroads of three continents,” explained Japanese Ambassador to Egypt H.E. Masaki Noke. “Strategically positioned between the Middle East, Europe and Africa, the country is an important partner for Japan...