The Japan Times

  • The Japan Times – Denmark Report 2020

    With more than 150 years of successful business relations, Japan and Denmark continue to share the vision of a brighter future between their countries. “Japan is one of only five countries in the world that Denmark has entered into a strategic partnership with. We hope our collaboration will lead to new opportunities for both Danish and Japanese businesses,” said Simon Kollerup, Denmark’s minister of industry, business and financial affairs. According to Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Denmark, Manabu Miyagawa, the country has been playing...
  • The Japan Times – Mexico Report 2020

    As Japan and Mexico celebrate the 15th anniversary of their economic partnership agreement (EPA), the two countries look forward to further strengthening their relationship and creating more opportunities for growth in their economies. According to Yasushi Takase, ambassador of Japan to Mexico, “The EPA between Mexico and Japan, which came into effect in 2005, has caused tremendous growth in trade between the two nations.” Due to Mexico’s strategic location and its strong labor force, businesses were able to expand in the nation.
  • The Japan Times – Norway Report 2020

    Japan and Norway celebrate their 115th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year and the two countries are now closer than ever politically, economically and culturally. “Norway is an old friend of ours that shares the fundamental values of peace, democracy, freedom and so much more,” said Masahiro Tauchi, ambassador of Japan to Norway. “The government of Norway, as well as the king, have been close friends of ours.” Commercially, there are strong bonds in shipping, seafood, energy and technology between the two countries.
  • 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.