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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. 

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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.

Japanese automakers face uncertainty over Trump FTA threats

Japanese auto manufacturers are considering their options in the light of US threatened trade deal changes, which include investing in US plants or gaining access to existing operations through a merger. Timothy Conley reports.

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Japanese investors use Thilawa SEZ as gateway to Myanmar

Japanese investors are increasingly eyeing Myanmar's newly open markets as they strive to compete with the Chinese counterparts and increase their presence across Asia. Their role in the development of the Thilawa special economic zone is just one example of this.

Japanese yen up, Mexican peso down

Bloomberg surveys reveal experts’ opinion of currency winners and losers in the second half of the year.

Naoyuki Yoshino urges Japan to take action

Asian Development Bank institute dean and CEO, Naoyuki Yoshino, told fDi that Japan's Abenomics programme should be implemented with much greater urgency, and should be better explained to the Japanese public.

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