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UK feels Brexit pressure after EU-Japan trade deal

The EU-Japan trade deal has only served to add pressure to the UK in its struggles to agree on a Brexit strategy. 

Japan FDI into Europe on the up

Japanese FDI into Europe has risen steadily since 2013.

Lawrence Yeo

View from Asia: The push to introduce AI

Asian countries are embracing artificial intelligence for its disruptive capacity, with China taking the lead. But in a diverse region where internet access is relatively curtailed, progress still has some way to go, writes Lawrence Yeo.

Osaka presses ahead with urban regeneration plans

Several large-scale urban development projects are underway in Osaka to cater to a growing population living downtown and boost the city’s status as a business destination and knowledge hub

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Rakuten seeks a sporting chance in a global market

Under pressure at home from an aggressively expanding Amazon, Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten is looking to increase its visibility in a global push that has resulted in its sponsoring the shirts of iconic sports teams Barcelona and Golden State Warriors. Jacopo Dettoni reports. 

Takashi Suzuki

Why Sakae cast its net over Idaho

Looking for a location for its R&D operations, Tokyo-based aluminium casting specialist Sakae Casting found eastern Idaho’s enthusiasm and academic structure – discovered in part due to a sister city relationship – a perfect fit for its first US venture. Courtney Fingar reports.

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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. 

Trump stays on-script during Abe visit

Despite his rejection of the North American Free Trade Agreement (which Japan supports), US president Donald Trump has hosted a visit by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, where the two leaders committed to economic dialogue and stronger military ties. Timothy Conley reports.

Osaka pins hopes on Expo opportunity

The Japanese city of Osaka has ambitions to slip-stream on Tokyo’s hosting the 2020 Olympics by putting on the global Expo five years later, reports Courtney Fingar.

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