Asia

4.4 billion people live in Asia (60% of the global population). As the world’s fastest growing economic region, Asia remains a global powerhouse with China as the region’s largest economy (and currently the second largest economy in the world). Asia is close to overtaking North America in the global wealth stakes with the number of millionaires living there continuing to grow faster than anywhere else in the world. Encompassing Russia, countries of East Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East and the Indian subcontinent, different cultures, environments, historical ties and government systems can be found throughout the dynamic Asian region.

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand” – Confucius

  • The Japan Times – UAE Report 2018

    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.
  • The Japan Times – Singapore Report 2018

    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...
  • The Japan Times – Taiwan Report 2018

    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.
  • The Japan Times – Hong Kong Report 2018

    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.
  • The Japan Times – Philippines Report 2018

    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.
  • The Japan Times – Indonesia Report 2018

    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.
  • The Business Times – Japan Report 2018

    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.
  • Beijing Review – Singapore Report 2018

    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.
  • Foreign Policy – Taiwan Report 2018

    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.
  • The Business Times – Thailand Report 2017

    ‘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.
  • The Business Times – India Report 2017

    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.
  • The Business Times – Malaysia Report 2017

    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.