Sunday, Sep 25, 2016


Italy's 21st Century Reformation

Back in the driving seat


Back in the driving seat

With renewed confidence, Italy is seeing the knock-on effect of an ambitious reform agenda. The country is taking the lead to shape a new... Sep 23, 2016

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Congolese Economy

Government reforms and efforts start to bear fruit


Government reforms and efforts start to bear fruit
Left: Georges Wembi Loambo, Minister of Planning | Right: Modeste Bahati Lukwebo, Minister of National Economy

The performance of the Congolese economy is the result of well thought-out economic policies, executed wisely to mitigate the effects of inflation... Sep 22, 2016

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Tourism

Destination Lombok


Destination Lombok
Gili Trawangan island transport

Lombok, green and devout, is sometimes referred to as “The Unspoiled Bali” or “The Island of a Thousand Mosques”.... Sep 21, 2016

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A Bedrock of Stability

Qatari leaders and U.S. partners working to secure the Middle East


Qatari leaders and U.S. partners working to secure the Middle East
President Barack Obama with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar

A strong U.S. partner in the fight against ISIS, Qatar is “a bedrock of stability in a sea of turmoil”, according to Emir Sheikh... Sep 20, 2016

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AI & IoT

The fourth industrial revolution, an opportunity Japan can’t afford to miss


The fourth industrial revolution, an opportunity Japan can’t afford to miss
Takahiro Hachigo, President, CEO & RD, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Through the promotion of new technologies, artificial intelligence and the Internet of things, Japan is positioning itself to be a major figure... Sep 19, 2016

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Security in DRC

Peace and stability foster growth


Peace and stability foster growth
Evariste Boshab, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Security

The government, through the Armed Forces of the DRC, has regained security in the east of the country, with the neutralisation of rebel groups.... Sep 18, 2016

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Beyond Sushi

Food makers look to supply rising global demand for healthier, high-quality products


Food makers look to supply rising global demand for healthier, high-quality products

Rising demand for healthier foods in the U.S. and Europe and the growth in popularity of Japanese food across the globe translates to big... Sep 17, 2016

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Religion, Culture & History

Halal tourism in Indonesia


Halal tourism in Indonesia
Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in the center of Banda Aceh city, Aceh Province. (Photo: Si Gam Acèh ©CC-BY-SA-3.0)

With a national motto of “Unity in Diversity”, Indonesia is known as a secular and tolerant democracy, and it is looking to highlight... Sep 16, 2016

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Property Development

Japan real estate a safe long-term bet for investors


Japan real estate a safe long-term bet for investors

The commercial property and rental markets have experienced significant gains, while the Trans-Pacific Partnership and 2020 Tokyo Olympics... Sep 15, 2016

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Socioeconomic Development

Actions speak louder than words


Actions speak louder than words
Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo

The numerous programmes and reforms implemented by the government have led to significant and substantial socioeconomic progress. With projected... Sep 14, 2016

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Japanese Pharmaceuticals

Promotion of generic drugs core of new pharma policy


Promotion of generic drugs core of new pharma policy
Itsuro Yoshida, President, Towa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

With generic drugs making up only 30% of total sales, the government and Japanese pharmaceutical firms hope that increasing the use of generic... Sep 13, 2016

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12th WIEF

Forum bridges economic divide


Forum bridges economic divide
Indonesia’s capital Jakarta hosted the 12th WIEF from August 2-4, 2016 (Photo: Indonesian Ministry of Tourism)

Ten agreements signed at the 12th WIEF on collaborations on Islamic finance and capital markets, halal and franchise industry to spur economic... Sep 12, 2016

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Italian Foreign Affairs

Italy favors holistic approach to building African partnerships

Italy favors holistic approach to building African partnerships
Mario Giro
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

An influence on international affairs, Italy plays a significant role in many of the world’s... Sep 23, 2016


Jakarta Smart City

Governor’s smart city initiatives improve Jakarta’s international standing

Governor’s smart city initiatives improve Jakarta’s international standing
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama
Governor of Jakarta

Popular Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is seen as someone who... Sep 23, 2016


HSK

‘Being at the forefront is in our DNA’

‘Being at the forefront is in our DNA’
Katsuhiko Futamura
President & CEO of Hoden Seimitsu Kako Kenkyusho Co., Ltd. (HSK)

For 55 years, HSK has been a pioneer in electrical discharge machining and produces the... Sep 22, 2016


Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma

Pharma sector prescribes partnerships

Pharma sector prescribes partnerships
Dr Masayuki Mitsuka
CEO, President & RD of Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

Japan’s rapidly ageing population has significant implications for its pharmaceutical... Sep 22, 2016


Nikon Corporation

Optical technology for industry 4.0

Optical technology for industry 4.0
Kazuo Ushida
President & Representative Director of Nikon Corporation

In 1917, three of Japan's leading optical manufacturers merged to form a comprehensive,... Sep 21, 2016


Kongo Central Province

Marked progress highlights potential in Kongo Central

Marked progress highlights potential in Kongo Central
Jacques Mbadu
Governor of Kongo Central Province

Governor Jacques Mbadu explains the socioeconomic revitalization of Kongo Central Province... Sep 21, 2016


Grand Inga Dam Project

‘Coherence & efficiency’ define new energy approach

‘Coherence & efficiency’ define new energy approach
Bruno Kapandji Kalala
Project Director for the ADPI

Efforts in the DRC are redoubling to make the country’s long-delayed vision of building... Sep 20, 2016


Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.

Tobu puts transport & tourism on right track

Tobu puts transport & tourism on right track
Yoshizumi Nezu
President of Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.

Connecting locals and foreigners with Japan’s modern and ancient landmarks and cultural... Sep 20, 2016


Paradise Group

Korea’s first integrated casino resort to bring K-style to the world

Korea’s first integrated casino resort to bring K-style to the world
Phil-lip Chun
Chairman of the Paradise Group

Market-leading integrated resort (IR) developer Paradise Group is building Korea’s... Sep 19, 2016


Invest Korea

Strong FTA network positions Korea as “global link to success”

Strong FTA network positions Korea as “global link to success”
Yong Kook Kim
Head of Invest Korea

Following a record-breaking year for FDI inflows in 2015, the head of Invest Korea, Yong... Sep 19, 2016


Maltese Justice & Culture

Malta spotlights justice & culture ahead of EU presidency

Malta spotlights justice & culture ahead of EU presidency
Dr Owen Bonnici
Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government

For the first time since its accession in 2004, Malta will assume the EU presidency from... Sep 16, 2016


Total Motion Technology

Harmonic Drive: born in the US, raised in Japan

Harmonic Drive: born in the US, raised in Japan
Akira Nagai
President of Harmonic Drive Systems Inc.

From laboratories and factories to power generation and space exploration, HDSI has taken... Sep 16, 2016


DRC: North Kivu Province

United efforts bring peace, trust

United efforts bring peace, trust
Julien Paluku Kahongya
Governor of North Kivu Province

Julien Paluku Kahongya, Governor of DRC’s North Kivu Province, details the great lengths... Sep 15, 2016


Kameda Seika Co., Ltd.

US goes crackers for rice

US goes crackers for rice
Michiyasu Tanaka
Chairman & CEO of Kameda Seika Co., Ltd.

Global demand for rice crackers is continuing to rise, particularly in the US where the... Sep 15, 2016


Photovoltaic Inverters

World-class power electronics technologies

World-class power electronics technologies
Masahiko Yamawaki
President & CEO of TMEIC

A global leader in energy-efficient power electronics technology and a pioneer in large... Sep 14, 2016


Nicca Chemical Co., Ltd.

Innovation & quality to make Nicca Asia’s nº1 in textile chemicals

Innovation & quality to make Nicca Asia’s nº1 in textile chemicals
Yasumasa Emori
President of Nicca Chemical Co., Ltd.

Along with finding success in eight countries outside Japan, a shift from textile chemicals... Sep 14, 2016


KLab Inc.

Smart gaming on the go

Smart gaming on the go
Tetsuya Sanada
President & CEO of KLab Inc.

Social mobile online game designer and developer KLab Inc. has set up offices in Manila,... Sep 13, 2016


Fujikura Ltd.

A company of indomitable spirit & innovative mind

A company of indomitable spirit & innovative mind
Masahiko Ito
President, CEO & Representative Director of Fujikura Ltd.

The story of Fujikura is intimately related to Japan’s history. Throughout over a... Sep 13, 2016


Onward Holdings

The brand behind the brands

The brand behind the brands
Takeshi Hirouchi
Representative Director and Chairman of Onward Holdings Co., Ltd.

You might not have heard about Onward Holdings, but you will surely recognize names such... Sep 12, 2016


Cosmo Energy Holdings Co. Ltd.

Cosmo targets right energy balance

Cosmo targets right energy balance
Keizo Morikawa
President, Representative Director & CEO of Cosmo Energy Holdings Co. Ltd.

Keizo Morikawa, the head of Japan’s Cosmo Energy Holdings Co. Ltd., explains how the... Sep 12, 2016


KoreaBio

Korea to become leader in Asian precision medicine

Korea to become leader in Asian precision medicine
Dr Jeong-Sun Seo
Chairman of KoreaBio

Biotechnology has been identified as a potential new growth engine for the Korean economy,... Sep 09, 2016


Infrastructure & Investment

Incentives raise investor confidence

Incentives raise investor confidence
James Musoni
Minister of Infrastructure

Rwanda’s Infrastructure Minister James Musoni highlights the country’s prime... Aug 31, 2016


Crane Bank Rwanda

Flexibility & innovation in Rwandan banking

Flexibility & innovation in Rwandan banking
Edigold Monday
Managing Director of Crane Bank Rwanda

Crane Bank is Uganda’s largest locally owned commercial bank and part of the Ruparelia... Sep 09, 2016


Choya

Innovation expands Choya’s appeal

Innovation expands Choya’s appeal
Shigehiro Kondo
CEO of Choya Umeshu Co., Ltd.

Choya has become synonymous with umeshu, the traditional Japanese liqueur made from the... Sep 08, 2016






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