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Yokohama sets the sustainable standard across Asia

The Japanese city of Yokohama experienced a population boom after the Second World War that meant it had to take an innovative and collaborative approach to sustainable urban development. It is now exporting this know-how to the rest of Asia, as Jacopo Dettoni reports.

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Japan's Tohoku region uses FDI to rebuild and reboot

Disaster-hit areas in Japan’s Tohoku region are slowly recovering as basic infrastructure is being restored. The focus is now shifting on a combination of start-ups, tourism and innovative sectors such as robotics to reengineer local economies, as Jacopo Dettoni reports. 

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Asian Development Bank meeting 2017: addressing age-old problems

Opportunities and challenges brought about by economic growth across Asia, as well as the demographic timebomb the continent faces, dominated the 2017 Asian Development Bank annual meetings in Yokohama on May 4 to May 7. Jacopo Dettoni fleshed out the main topics with some key speakers. 

South Korea’s new president promises job growth and corporate governance reform

Newly elected South Korea President Moon Jae-in must overcome formidable opposition if he is to deliver on his campaign promises of job creation, support for SMEs and corporate governance reform. Natasha Turak reports.

Sri Lanka retains most diversified island economy crown

The second annual fDi Diversification Index for Island Economies has again determined those locations that have the most diversified greenfield foreign investment portfolio. Sri Lanka and New Zealand remain in the top spots, while the Dominican Republic rises to third place. Cathy Mullan reports.

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fDi’s Island Economies of the Future 2017/18 – Sri Lanka takes the summit

Sri Lanka has been named fDi’s Island Economy of the Future for 2017/18, with Cyprus and the Dominican Republic ranking second and third. Cathy Mullan reports.

India streamlines FDI approvals

India is abolishing the Foreign Investment Promotion Board and introducing a new clearing system for FDI proposals. N Chandra Mohan reports.

ADB meeting: investment in digital brings big dividends

Speakers at the Asian Development Bank’s annual meeting in Yokohama were keen to stress the transformative effect of technology investment. John West reports.

New tax havens surface for Indian funds

France and the Netherlands are among those countries to benefit from changes to India’s tax rules. N Chandra Mohan reports.

Race to finance Asia's infrastructure heats up

The competition between institutions to bridge Asia’s financing gap is both good news and bad. John West reports from the ADB’s annual meeting in Yokohama.

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