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 – 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 – 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 – 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 Business Times – Japan Report 2019

    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?
  • 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 – Qatar Report 2018

    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.
  • 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.