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 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...
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Singapore’s Ambassador to Japan Lui Tuck Yew shares some insights with Synergy Media Specialists on the current state Japan-Singapore relations.
Singapore and Japan have teamed up with initiatives such as the Japan Singapore Partnership Program for the 21st Century (JSPP 21) to facilitate ASEAN integration and provide technical cooperation to third countries. How has the Singapore-Japan relationship contributed thus far and are there any special plans in motion as 2020 approaches?
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.
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.
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...
H.E. Jean-François Paroz, Ambassador, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan shares some insight with Synergy Media Specialists on Swiss-Japanese economic relations: In spite of a population of just 8.5 million and a territory about the size of Kyushu, Switzerland may well be called an economic powerhouse. It ranks among the world’s top 20 economies in terms of GDP as well as of merchandise and services trade, and is among the top 10 when it comes to foreign direct investment.
This year saw the International Monetary Fund rank Qatar as the world’s richest country based on gross domestic product per capita. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018, Qatar ranks as the 25th most competitive economy in the world and the country is continuing to develop its ties to Japan.
In 2008, during the reign of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030 was launched to lead Qatar into the future.
This year marks the 100th anniversary since the birth of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the revered former ruler of the United Arab Emirates. Year of Zayed celebrations are being held in recognition of Sheikh Zayed’s visionary nation-building achievements and strong values based on wisdom, respect, sustainability and human development, which have shaped the UAE and its citizens. Under Sheikh Zayed’s leadership, the UAE, with its diverse, cosmopolitan society, has become an international business and travel hub within the Middle East.
As Chair of this year’s 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, Singapore is forging partnerships and creating a resilient and innovation-driven economic region. “We will continue to focus on an agenda aimed at fostering ASEAN unity and centrality through the theme ‘resilience’ and enhancing regional economic integration through ‘innovation,’” said Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary, Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Japan and Singapore have over the years established cooperative ties...
To mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Spain, Synergy Media Specialists (SMS) interviewed Masashi Mizukami, the Japanese Ambassador to Spain.
How have you enjoyed your time in Spain so far? What has been your most enjoyable Spanish cultural experience?
I am enjoying my time in Spain greatly since arriving and I am very happy to be here. The country’s rich history and the diversity found in Spanish culture are outstanding: the historical influences of...
Synergy Media Specialists shares key thought leadership insights into Poland’s remarkable development and strong relationship with Japan. “Poland and Japan’s strong historical ties continue to develop and have led to a deeper understanding of one another. Today, approximately 4,500 Polish students are studying Japanese and a growing number of them are taking Japanese-language proficiency tests.” — Counsellor-Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan in Poland Satoru Takahashi.
In 2019, Hungary and Japan will be celebrating 150 years of diplomatic relations. We not only cherish our ties going back to 1869, but we are also proud of how deep our cooperation has been over the past centuries. Japan is our strategic partner in the region, with whom we cooperate closely — not only in the fields of culture and the economy, but also in terms of foreign and security policy. We share similar ideas on various issues and we share common values.
As investment opportunities continue to create strong business ventures and close partnerships, the New Zealand economy is attracting increased global attention. The country’s 4.6 million ‘Kiwis’ have a well-known passion for sports. New Zealand is home to defending World Rugby Cup Champions the ‘All Blacks’ and the country is current holder of the prestigious America’s Cup. This spirit of competition plays an important role in New Zealand society. Comparable to the nations’ sporting achievements, the country’s economy ranks high in gender equality, economic freedom and ‘ease of doing business.’
President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration has placed high priority on transforming Taiwan’s economy.
The government aims to drive growth through five major advanced industries — green energy, smart machinery, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, defense and the development of an Asian Silicon Valley.
The latter involves the development of solutions driven by the “internet of things” and artificial intelligence, and will support technology start-ups.
Australia and Japan celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Japan-Australia Commerce Agreement in 2017. The relationship has continued to prosper under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) which entered into force in January 2015. The two countries remain firm partners today and enjoy a relationship based on mutual trust, shared values and common interests.
Ambassador Sumio Kusaka shared his insights in to the Australia-Japan relationship with Synergy Media Specialists (SMS).
‘Japonismes 2018: les âmes en resonance’ (souls in resonance) festival was successfully launched yesterday in Paris (July 12 2018). Cities across France will host events showcasing Japanese culture including ancient ‘Jomon’ pottery, contemporary drama and technology-driven art installations. “‘Les âmes en résonance’ means ‘souls in resonance.’ This comes from the words of Paul Claudel, who was a great writer and served as French Ambassador in Japan in the 1920’s,” explains H.E. Masato Kitera, Ambassador of Japan to France.
This year, Japan and Sweden celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations. During Japan’s Meiji Era, Sweden became one of the first countries to establish ties with Japan and the relationship has continued to flourish, particularly in the areas of business, trade, science, culture and the arts.
“I am delighted that both Japan and Sweden continue to benefit from the relationship we have nurtured over the years,” said Jun Yamazaki, Japan’s ambassador to Sweden.
The Japanese government’s efforts to facilitate cultural exchanges with Hong Kong have resulted in programs offered to students interested in studying and immersing themselves in Japanese society.
The Japan Hong Kong Society helps to promote mutual understanding and friendship between Hong Kong and Japan through cultural cooperation.
Through strong leadership and the establishment of real economic drivers, the Philippines has transformed itself into a leading Southeast Asian investment destination.
Despite impressive economic growth, there are ‘growing pains’ for the country to address and infrastructure acceleration is high on the government’s ten point Socioeconomic Agenda.
Since Japan and Indonesia established bilateral relations in 1958, much has been achieved. Trust, investment and a spirit of partnership have enabled the relationship to grow beyond economic and political ties and encompass friendship and social responsibility. Over the last decade, Japan has become one of Indonesia’s top export destinations.
In 1609, the Dutch and Japanese established their first official trade-relations. As the relationship flourished, Dutch traders were granted the Dejima Island as a trading post in 1641 and were the only Europeans permitted on Japanese territory.
Japan and ASEAN, which celebrate 45 years of friendship and cooperation this year, have built up an excellent relationship over many years. Our economic ties have developed into a very close, mutually beneficial relationship, with more than 10,000 Japanese companies actively engaged in business in many different areas in the ASEAN region.
The city-state of Singapore has seen remarkable growth since being founded just over half a century ago. By upholding the best of Asian values, Singapore continues to lead the way in an increasingly globalized world. Many Southeast Asian countries are blessed with an abundance of natural resources.
Diplomatic relations between China and Norway were re-established in December 2016 after a six-year hiatus. Both countries are renewing their commitment to one another and building on their strong partnership which dates back to 1950.
Taiwan continues to impress global markets through its focus on innovation, technology and stability. An expanding economy, GDP is expected to grow at 2.27 per cent in 2018. The self-governing island nation seeks to secure its position as the most prominent of the ‘Four Asian Tigers’ -Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea.
‘What we have decided today is only a small beginning of what we hope will be a long and continuous sequence of accomplishments of which we ourselves, those who will join us later and the generations to come, can be proud’. - Dr. Thanat Khoman.
India is the fastest growing economy in the world. According to a report released earlier this year by The World Bank, the country’s projected growth rate of 7.2 per cent for 2017-2018 is expected to increase to 7.7 percent in 2019-2020. To sustain this level of growth, the country must continue to attract foreign investment and India is committed to strengthening its ties with the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries.
In 1967, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines founded the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Fifty years later, ASEAN is a diverse community of ten member countries with a combined population of 630 million. The economically dynamic region is on a path towards greater integration through strong regional trade ties, interconnectivity and a shared vision for the next fifty years.
Singapore and Indonesia celebrate fifty years of diplomatic relations this year. With an increasing number of Singaporean companies investing in Indonesia and Singapore continuing to offer Indonesian companies access to its world-class financial system, the two nations have formed a strong alliance.
This year sees the Philippines hold the Chairmanship of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) during the Associations fiftieth anniversary. As the country addresses challenges and embraces economic opportunities, the Philippines is looking to strengthen its trade, investment and cultural ties with its ASEAN neighbours while encouraging visitors to come and explore the country for themselves.
For ninety years, Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) has played a key role in supporting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from Switzerland and Liechtenstein as they reach out to international markets.
Synergy Media Specialists sat down with Daniel Küng, CEO of S-GE to discuss Swiss SME’s successes in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
“July 1, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to our Motherland and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Since our return to the Motherland, the principles of "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" and a high degree of autonomy have been successfully implemented in Hong Kong."
2017 is a momentous year for Canada. The peaceful nation, famous for maple syrup, the Niagara Falls and ice hockey is celebrating its 150th birthday. Blessed with a thriving economy and outstanding natural beauty, Canada has become a modern leader in the Western Hemisphere.
This year sees the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. The Association’s founding members (Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia) believed that creating unity across the Asian region would lead to strengthened cross-cultural ties and economic growth.
The vision of ASEAN’s founding members: the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, continues to drive growth across the Asian region. Established in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) mission is to ...
With its competitive economy and strong trade links, Australia continues to strengthen its ties with neighbouring Asia Pacific countries while recognising that the US remains its most important economic partner.
With its stable economy, political stability, transparency and world-class infrastructure, Singapore has positioned itself as center for excellence within Asia. As a financial centre, regional trading hub and investment destination, Singapore is well positioned to build on its strengths.
With our long held shared values and interests, the United States and Japan are close partners in addressing together novel global issues the international community faces: international financial and economic crises, climate change, energy challenges, and so on.
On August 8, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will celebrate 45 years. The Asean Declaration, signed in the Thai capital Bangkok in 1967, aims to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region.
The Netherlands is an open society with a keen eye on international business developments. From the expansion of the earliest trade routes, the Dutch have built a reputation for establishing successful commercial trading partnerships the world over.