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More countries institute regulations on foreign investment

With heightened interest in economic security amid an intensifying U.S.-China rivalry, more countries worldwide are reinforcing regulations on foreign investment in domestic companies. The number of countries that introduced an advance screening system to prevent corporate acquisitions that may lead to an outflow of important technology have doubled in the past ten years to 34 as of the end of….Read more

  • September 7, 2021
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Japan and Malaysia sign memorandum on digital transformation

Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama held talks with the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali and discussed measures to increase the productivity of Malaysia’s manufacturing industry using digital technology. Following the discussion, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) signed a memorandum that includes the promotion of….Read more

  • April 6, 2021
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Japan won’t consider new ODA for Myanmar for the time being

By Tatsuya Sato, Naoki Kikuchi, and Yuki Nikaido   The Japanese government will not extend official development assistance (ODA) to the government of Myanmar. The aid was scheduled for Cabinet approval this month, although it hadn’t been officially announced lest the cancellation suggests a sanction. Japan is the largest donor of economic assistance to Myanmar. It is hoped that future….Read more

  • March 10, 2021
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U.S., Japanese financial chiefs confirm close cooperation 

Yomiuri and Sankei wrote that Finance Minister Aso and Treasury Secretary Yellen spoke by phone on Monday and agreed to cooperate closely in addressing the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic. The papers wrote that the two officials also exchanged views about the economic situation in their countries and confirmed the G7’s position against excessive moves in the currency market. 

  • February 2, 2021
  • , Yomiuri, Sankei
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Japan, Kenya agree to cooperate on infrastructure development

TOKYO – Japan and Kenya agreed on Wednesday to promote infrastructure development and cooperate to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific based on the rule of law, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.   In the African country, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to accelerate the development of a special economic zone around the Mombasa port,….Read more

  • January 13, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 11:25 p.m.
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METI to provide full guarantee for decarbonization technology exports

Japanese corporations that export decarbonization technologies may be eligible to receive an export guarantee of up to a 100%. In order to achieve 1 trillion yen in decarbonization technology exports over the next five years, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) will establish a new export guarantee system to reduce companies’….Read more

  • December 10, 2020
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Nation’s largest steelmaker to sell two plants in U.S.  

Asahi highlighted Nippon Steel’s decision to sell two factories in Indiana in a bid to restructure its manufacturing lines abroad. Although Japan’s largest steel manufacturer will shut down the two plants that have supplied steel materials to Japanese auto firms, it plans to build an electric furnace at an existing plant in Alabama. Business restructuring is a pressing matter for Nippon Steel since its domestic production volume is likely to dip to its lowest level in half a century this year due to a….Read more

  • October 15, 2020
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Japan closely looking at possible trade policy of Biden if elected president 

Yomiuri wrote that trade policy will be one of the major issues that Japan would need to deal with if former Vice President Biden were elected president. The paper wrote that there is a prevailing view among Japanese businesses that Biden would probably uphold President Trump’s trade policy on auto trade and other sectors because although he supported the TPP under the Obama administration, he has expressed a clear policy….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japan begins anti-dumping probe into imported chemicals from South Korea 

Nikkei wrote that the Ministries of Finance and Trade announced on Monday that they will launch an anti-dumping investigation into imports from South Korea of potassium carbonate, a chemical compound used in the production of glass for liquid crystal panels. The ministries are planning to decide whether to impose anti-dumping duties on the South Korean products within a year after interviewing concerned….Read more


Keidanren wary of Trump’s new rule on work visas

The head of Japan’s largest business body has expressed concern over new rules set out by US President Donald Trump’s administration that temporarily block some foreign workers from entering the United States.   The US government announced on Monday that it will suspend the issuance of work visas for certain foreigners such as high-skilled workers until the end of the….Read more

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